Hi! My name is Danielle Colaprico and I play professional soccer for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League. I have also played professionally in Australia for Adelaide United and Sydney FC of the W-League. Growing up I always looked up to my family, especially my brother. My brother played soccer and I always wanted to do everything that he was doing. When I turned four years old I spent countless days kicking the ball around in the backyard with his friends and him. My parents are both hard workers and very committed to their careers. Their drive, hard work, and commitment motivates me to be the best player I can be every day. Up until high school, I played for an all-boys premier level team coached by my Father. This experience in a high level boys’ league challenged me in ways that cultivated the competitive edge I bring to the game today.
When I began the college process, I knew I wanted to attend a school where I could balance out academics and athletics. After visiting the University of Virginia, I knew this is where I wanted to continue my soccer career. I played four years of Division 1 soccer for the Cavaliers and graduated in three and a half years with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. After attending UVA, I knew my soccer career couldn’t be over.
With all the sacrifices made and hard work put in, I owed it to myself to give it a shot and entered the 2015 NWSL draft. I was drafted to the Chicago Red Stars.
I love my sport and I am very grateful that I can call soccer my job! I’ve learned so much through soccer, not only on the field but also off. Soccer has played a huge role in who I am today and each day I continue to learn something new about myself. It’s my 6th year playing professionally and I now more than ever have learned the importance of taking care of your body. Recovery and nutrition are just as important to me as practice/games to enable myself to perform at my best. This is exactly why I have added NOW® products to my daily routine. I am able to focus more on my training and games, knowing I can always rely on NOW to keep my daily nutrition right.
University of Virginia
ACC Champion 2013
ACC Midfielder of the Year 2014
NCAA College Cup Finalist 2014
NCSAA College All American
NCSAA College Scholar All American
U23 Women’s National Team
USWNT First Cap in November 2018
2015 NWSL Rookie of the Year
2019 NWSL Finalist
Sydney FC W-league Champion