2001 MAC Hermann Trophy Winner
College: Penn State University
Hometown: Massapequa, New York
Born in Massapequa Park, New York, Welsh attended Massapequa High School on Long Island in Massapequa, New York. She was a two-time Parade All-American and a 1999 NSCAA All-American. Welsh was the 1998 Gatorade Circle of Champions National High School Girls' Soccer Player of the Year. She led Massapequa to the 1997 New York State Championship. Welsh played club soccer with the Northport Cow Harbor Piranha where she won two national titles.
Welsh attended Penn State University and ended her collegiate career as one of the most decorated athletes in the school's history. Welsh was the first Penn State player to earn NSCAA All-America honors in each of her four years, while leading her squad to four-straight Big Ten titles and two Final Four appearances from 1999-02.
She was the first player in conference history to be named Big Ten Player of the Year three consecutive seasons. On the field, Welsh set the Big Ten record for goals (82), assists (52) and points (216).
Following her collegiate career, Welsh was drafted second overall in the 2003 WUSA Draft by the New York Power. Leading her team in scoring, Welsh would go on to play internationally for KIF Orebro of Sweden's First Division in 2004 and Olympique Lyonnaise of the French First Division in 2005.
Additionally, she helped the Washington Freedom to the 2005 W-League championship, and the NJ Wildcats to the 2007 title, garnering MVP honors along the way. Recently, she has played in the Women's Professional Soccer League, competing for both the LA Sol and St. Louis Athletica in 2009 and the Washington Freedom in 2010.
A member of the U.S. National Team from 2000 until 2008, Welsh tallied 20 goals over 39 international contests. An alternate for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she was part of the 2004, 2006, and 2007 Olympic and World Cup training residencies.
In 2005, Welsh helped the U.S. National Team capture the Algarve Cup, tallying a team-best five goals, including the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Germany in the finals.
Welsh scores two to lead the St. Louis Athletica to a 2-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars in 2009