Natasha Kai Bio
Full name: Natasha Kanani Janine Kai
Date of birth: May 22, 1983
Place of birth: United States
Playing position: Forward
started her first training camp with the full United States Women's
National Soccer Team in February 2006. She made her full Women’s
National Team debut at the 2006 Algarve Cup in Portugal, scoring in her
first two games against Denmark and France, as a substitute. She became
just the fourth player in U.S. WNT history to score in her first two
caps. Scored four goals in her first seven WNT matches, including the
winner in a 1-0 victory over Japan on May 9, 2006. Became the
first-ever player from Hawaii to play for the full Women’s National
Team and to make a Women’s World Cup Team. 2007: Played in seven games
heading into the final pre-Women’s World Cup match, starting in four,
and has two assists and one goal, that in a 2-0 win over China at the
Four Nations Tournament giving the USA the tournament title. Was one of
the final three players chosen to the 2007 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team.
2006: Played in 17 games in her first year on the National Team,
starting four. Scored six goals, including two at the 2006 Algarve Cup.
She also scored against Japan, Ireland, Canada and Australia. Her goal
against the Matildas came in a 2-0 win at the Peace Cup in South Korea.
Youth National Teams: First brought in with the U.S. U-21 Women’s
National Team in 2004, and was the leading scorer in the team with 12
goals, including six in international matches. Helped lead the U-21s to
the Nordic Cup title in Iceland, scoring three goals in the tournament
including two against Germany. Injured her shoulder in her final
college game of 2004, then re-injured it again in her first U-21 camp
of 2005, necessitating surgery, and did not get called into an U-21
camp until January 2006.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing,
Kai scored the winning goal in overtime to lead the U.S. past Canada in
the quarterfinal round.