2000 MAC Hermann Trophy Winner
College: Notre Dame
Hometown: Helsinki, Finland
Mäkinen became the 13th Division I women's soccer player ever to reach 50 goals (65) and 50 assists (56) in her career, including a team-best 14 goals-15 assists during her 2000 MAC Hermann Trophy season. She was the centerpiece of a dominating midfield that helped the Irish outscored opponents 76-10 in 2000 while owning an average shot margin of 22-6.
As a freshman, Mäkinen enjoyed the most productive offensive season of her Irish career, with her 23 goals and 12 assists including a hat trick in the BIG EAST title-game victory over UConn. She earned national freshman-of-the-year honors, was named an All-American and was the nation's only freshman among the eight finalists for the 1997 Hermann Trophy (she then was one of five Hermann finalists in 1998 and again in '99).
Mäkinen went on to register 15 goals-17 assists in '98, 13 goals-12 assists in '99, and 14 goals-15 assists but each of those seasons ended in heartbreak. As a sophomore, she registered an assist in the NCAA quarterfinal round but saw Notre Dame's season end with a 2-1 loss to Portland. The next two seasons, the Irish were able to advance to the Women's College Cup final and semi-finals but were unable to win the Championship in either year.
Following her debut in June 1991, Mäkinen represented Finland a record 118 times, with 16 goals as of her retirement in 2009. In 2005, Mäkinen vice-captained Finland to the bronze medals in the European Championship finals. While with Umeå IK in Sweden, she twice won the Swedish top league, Damallsvenskan, in 2005 and 2006. She was the first Finnish player to play in the WUSA where she played for the Washington Freedom, Philadelphia Charge and New Jersey Wildcats.