Lauren Sesselmann is an American-born Canadian soccer player and Olympic bronze medalist who is currently playing as a defender or a forward for the Santa Clarita Blue Heat. She was also a member of the Canadian national team from 2011 to 2015 and is also a trainer and producer.
Lauren Marie Sesselmann was born on August 14, 1983, in Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States. She starred in both soccer and basketball at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, winning multiple letters and helping Notre Dame to an undefeated season and a Wisconsin state championship in girls’ basketball in 2001. Lauren Sesselmann played collegiately at Purdue University from 2001 through 2005. She set six records for the Boilermakers in points, goals, assists, game-winning goals, multiple-goal games, and shots on goal registered. She was also named First Team All-Big Ten in 2003 and 2005.
Lauren Sesselmann started her professional career for the team Steel City Sparks in 2004, while already in the University. She had two appearances and scored one goal.
In 2007, she signed with F.C. Indiana. She played in both the Women’s Premier Soccer League in 2007 and W-League in 2008 with the club. She scored 9 goals and 4 assists in 14 games in 2008. The team finished as a runner-up in the W-League.
In 2009, Lauren Sesselmann was drafted by Chicago Red Stars. She was waived prior to the season and signed by Sky Blue FC in May 2009. However, she had just a few appearances and the season was not successful enough for her
In 2010, she signed with Atlanta Beat and changed position from forward to defense. For the team, she had 20 matches.
In 2013, Lauren Sesselmann joined FC Kansas City in the new National Women’s Soccer League. She had 19 matches with the club and showed great skills. On January 10, 2014, it was announced that Sesselmann was selected by the Houston Dash as the third pick in the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft. However, her performance in the club was not enough and she signed with Santa Clarita Blue Heat in 2017.
At the international level, Lauren Sesselmann acquired Canadian citizenship in 2010 through her father. She won her first cap on September 17, 2011, against the USA, playing the full 90 minutes.
Lauren Sesselmann has 46 matches for the Canadian national team. She is a bronze medalist in London 2012 Olympics and a quarter-finalist at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.