Jessie Fleming: What’s next?

It’s official: Jessie Fleming will end her NCAA career without a MAC Hermann Trophy. 

The 21-year-old Canadian midfielder has missed out on the MAC Hermann Trophy for a second time. 

The prestigious award is given to the highest-performing male and female college soccer players in the United States. NCAA Division 1 coaches vote for the award.

She has also been left out of a preliminary list of players eligible for 2020 NWSL College Draft. Where will she go after university?

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Flemming, an Engineering student from London, Ontario recently completed her senior season with UCLA. She co-captained the Bruins to the semi-finals of the 2019 Women’s College Cup.

Fleming was named as one of three MAC Hermann Trophy finalists in both 2017 and 2019.

On January 3, it was announced that junior Catarina Macario of Stanford University was the recipient of the award for the 2019 season.

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Ironically, it was Macario’s Stanford which defeated Fleming’s UCLA in the College Cup semi-finals. Stanford eventually claimed the title in the final match against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

If successful, Fleming would have joined compatriots Christine Sinclair and Kadeisha Buchanan as Canadian recipients of the prestigious award. 

Sinclair received the award in both 2004 and 2005 during her collegiate years at the University of Portland.

Buchanan followed suit with a win in 2016 for her fourth season with West Virginia University. 

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The list of winners consists of several World Cup winners. Winners have included many current and former USWNT players, including Kelley O’Hara, Christen Press and Crystal Dunn.

Jessie Fleming made her debut for the senior national team in 2013 at the age of 15.

She has represented Canada at the 2015 and 2019 World Cups. She was an integral part of the Canadian squad which captured a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

Initially compared to Sinclair for her considerable skill level and relative youth, Fleming has since established herself as a playmaker in the heart of the Canadian midfield. 

In four seasons with the Bruins, she received numerous awards and accolades.

Her successes in Division 1 of the NCAA as well her performances at the international level will certainly make her a target for professional clubs upon her graduation from UCLA. 

Fleming has expressed interest in playing in Europe. The NWSL recently left her out of the preliminary list of players eligible for the College Draft.

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