Michelle Chinwendu Alozie (born 28 April 1997) is an American-born Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for National Women’s Soccer League team Houston Dash and the Nigeria women’s national team.
She was born on April 28, 1997 in Apple Valley, an incorporated town in the Victor Valley of San Bernardino County, in the U.S. state of California. Her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Chioma and Godwin Alozie, are both from Nigeria.
Early Life and Career
Born in California, United States on April 28, 1997. Alozie was raised in Apple Valley, California.
Alozie has attended the Granite Hills High School in her hometown, the Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and the University of Tennessee.
Born in Apple Valley, California, to Nigerian parents from Imo State, Alozie’s journey from a cancer research technician to a rising star on the football field is nothing short of inspiring.
The Nigeria international has gained attention on social media for both her attractiveness and her outstanding on-field performance.
Michelle Alozie currently plays as a striker for the Houston Dash in America’s National Women Soccer League. But her football career began at Yale University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology in 2019.
Alozie currently plays for Houston Dash.
Education and Early Career
Alozie’s academic journey led her to pursue a bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. While at Yale, she displayed her football prowess as a key player for the Yale Bulldogs. However, her senior season was cut short due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Undeterred by the setback, she graduated to the University of Tennessee to continue her football career with the Tennessee Volunteers.
Determined to take her football aspirations to the next level, Alozie registered for the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft. Though not selected, her resilience paid off as she secured a contract with BIIK Kazygurt in January 2020. She trained and played for the team until the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the football season, leading her to return to California temporarily.
Rising Star in Professional Football
In 2021, Alozie’s journey took an exciting turn when she joined the Houston Dash on trial. Her impressive performances caught the eye of national team manager Randy Waldrum, who had previously managed the Dash. Subsequently, she signed a national team replacement contract during the 2021 Houston Dash season and later secured a full contract for the remainder of the season in August 2021. Her consistent form led to a two-year contract extension with the Dash in December 2022.
Alozie made her senior debut for Nigeria on 10 June 2021 as a 65th-minute substitution in a 0–1 friendly loss to Jamaica.
Alozie, who made her debut in the 2021 US Summer Series tournament, had an impressive outing on her first duty for the Falcons after holding veteran forward Megan Rapinoe under lock and key when the Super Falcons played against the World No 1, USA in Austin, Texas.
The makeshift defender however received enthusiastic commendation from the Nigeria Women’s and University of Pittsburgh manager, Randy Waldrum for her awe-inspiring display in the Falcons unfortunate loss to USA.
“I think she did a good job and I feel they were really trying to isolate Mitchell a little bit,”
“They didn’t attack the right side nearly as much as they attacked Mitchell’s side. And I thought, for the most part, she held them in check there. She is a good young player”
The Yale university alumnus who racked up nine goals, five assists and 23 points was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Ivy League, prior to her call up to the National team.
Elated and Astonished having been called up to the Super Falcons of Nigeria team, Alozie had this to say on making her debut; “I was very surprised when I got the call-up so it’s really a big dream for me to be here playing with a lot of people that I looked up to growing up”. She concluded.
She made the squad for the 2022 Women African Cup of Nations in Morocco.
Alozie’s dedication to her craft caught the attention of the Nigerian national team. Making her senior debut on June 10, 2021, in a friendly against Jamaica, she quickly became a valuable asset on the field. Her inclusion in the 23-player Nigerian squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 highlighted her growing influence in the game.
At the 2023 Women’s World Cup, Alozie’s defensive prowess has been instrumental in the Super Falcons’ impressive outings. Her capacity was tested in their hard-fought goalless draw against Canada, where she showcased her defensive acumen.
Beyond the Field
Off the field, Alozie continues to balance her passion for football with her profession as a cancer research technician at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. Her unwavering commitment to both her medical career and football dreams serve as an inspiration to aspiring athletes and young girls alike.
Alozie is a brilliant example of how goals can be achieved with commitment and hard work as her star continues to rise.
Parents and family
Michelle Alozie parents are Mr. Godwin Alozie (father) and Mrs. Chioma Alozie (mother). Her parents are both from Nigeria.
Alozie has two older sisters — Cyn and Cass. The older siblings were her mentors and she modelled all her preferences after “whatever they do”. When Cass and Cyn began playing football as children, the love of the sport was kindled in their little sister, who they adorably dubbed “Meech”.
Her older sister traveled with her to Australia to support her little sister in the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
Michelle Alozie is currently single and not in an open relationship for now.
Michelle Alozie is also not married. She also has no kids at the moment.
Super Falcons and Houston Dash centre forward Michelle Chinwedu Alozie has disclosed that she has a crush on Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi.
Is Michelle Alozie married?: No, Michelle Alozie is at the moment not yet married.
Michelle Alozie’s net worth is estimated at around $750, 000 – $3 million.
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