With the World Cup in full swing, USA TODAY High School Sports is taking a closer look at the next generation of U.S. soccer. Today we feature Sachse (Texas) midfielder Jordie Harr.
Club Team: Dallas Sting
School: Sachse (Texas)
Don’t let Harr’s slight stature fool you, she has a way of coming up big on the soccer field. She notched 38 goals and 23 assists for Sachse as a sophomore to earn Gatorade Texas Player of the Year honors. She has been called into numerous Youth National Team training camps and stars for the Dallas Sting, one of the top club teams in the country. She has already committed to player her college soccer at Texas Tech.
Why she could be World Cup-bound: Because she’s a game-breaking talent who can fill many roles on the field. A supremely gifted dribbler and passer with speed to burn, Harr wreaks havoc on opposing defenses when she plays up front. She can run at defenders and beat them one-on-one and has the confidence and skill to try audacious plays others simply can’t pull off. Put her in a more defensive role and that skill becomes a lifeline when her team is in trouble. Rather than get the ball and simply boot it forward to relieve the pressure, Harr can dribble her way out of tight spaces and pick a pass that allows her team to retain possession.
Plays like: João Moutinho. Like Harr, Moutinho is asked to play different roles depending on which jersey he’s pulling on. For club team AS Monaco, Moutinho is a classic center midfielder who launches the attack but rarely gets far enough forward to get on the scoresheet himself. For the Portuguese National Team, he plays a much more attacking style. Cristiano Ronaldo may score the highlight-reel goals, but if you rewind the video there’s a good chance you’ll see Moutinho setting everything up.
Key number: 0. Regular season conference losses suffered by Harr and her Dallas Sting club team the past two seasons in Elite Clubs National League play. At the U-15 level last year, the team went 14-0-4 in the Texas Conference with Harr registering nine goals and eight assists. She jumped to the U-17 level this season and contributed six goals and two assists as the Sting went 15-0-3 in Texas. The team will look to capture the ECNL Champions League crown later this month in Redmond, Wash.
Expert Opinions: “Jordie Harr was always a threat with the ball. You didn’t know whether or not she was going to shoot or pass, and she was great at both. She has speed and has a vision of the field a lot of others do not have.” – Rival coach Jason Fegraeus of Rowlett (Texas)
“She can change the game at any time. Get her on a dribble to the goal and she’s exceptional. With the national team, in a holding role, she can use her passing ability and her dribbling ability to get out of trouble.” – Dallas Sting Director of Coaching Kenny Medina