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Cindy Parlow Cone

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Cynthia "Cindy" Marie Parlow Cone, née Cynthia Parlow, born May 8, 1978 is the former head coach for Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League, and a retired American professional soccer player two-time Olympic Gold medalist, and 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup champion


  • 1 Early life
    • 11 University of North Carolina
  • 2 Playing career
    • 21 Club
    • 22 International
  • 3 Coaching career
    • 31 Portland Thorns FC
  • 4 Personal
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early lifeedit

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, where she attended Germantown High School, Cindy is the daughter of Larry and Josephine Parlow

University of North Carolinaedit

Parlow Cone played college soccer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a four-time All-American and member of three teams that won the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship She won the Hermann Trophy as outstanding female collegiate soccer player twice, in 1997 and 1998, and the ACC Female Athlete of the Year in 1999 She was the second two-time winner of the award following fellow Tar Heel Mia Hamm

She ended her career at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with 68 goals and 53 assists 1

Playing careeredit


Parlow was a founding member of the Women's United Soccer Association, and played for the Atlanta Beat, helping her team reach the playoffs in each of the league's three seasons of operation 2001–2003citation needed


Parlow began training with the US Women's National Team in March 1995, making her first appearance and scoring her first goal in a January 14, 1996 friendly against Russia She started all six games for the United States during their 1999 World Cup victory, scoring two goals She was also a member of the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic teams, as well as the 2003 Women's World Cup teamcitation needed

On July 30, 2006, she announced her retirement from international play, citing post-concussion syndrome She concluded her career with 158 caps the ninth most in United States Women's National team history and 75 goals fifth best2 She did, however, leave the door open for a possible return to professional play domestically in a hypothetical reconstituted version of the WUSA

Coaching careeredit

Portland Thorns FCedit

Parlow Cone became the first head coach in Portland Thorns FC history after being appointed for the 2013 inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League on December 19, 201234 She became the first head coach to win an NWSL Championship, as Thorns FC beat Western New York Flash 2-0 in the first ever championship game August 31, 20135 She resigned as head coach on December 5, 2013, citing personal reasons, particularly the desire of her and her husband, Portland Timbers director of sports science John Cone who also resigned around the same time, to be together more6

Cindy also coached at the Berkshire Soccer Academy for girls in 2015


On July 28, 2007, she married John Cone in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

See alsoedit

  • Soccer in the United States portal
  • Women's Sport portal
  • Olympics portal
  • Association football portal
  • Biography portal
  • List of footballers with 100 or more caps
  • List of FIFA Women's World Cup goalscorers
  • List of Olympic medalists in football
  • List of 1996 Summer Olympics medal winners
  • List of 2000 Summer Olympics medal winners
  • List of 2004 Summer Olympics medal winners
  • List of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Olympians


  1. ^ "Cindy Parlow bio" ESPN Retrieved December 19, 2012 
  2. ^ "US WNT Forward Cindy Parlow Retires from International Soccer" US Soccer Retrieved December 19, 2012 
  3. ^ "Thorns FC name Cindy Parlow Cone club's first head coach" Portland Timbers Retrieved 2012-12-19 
  4. ^ Bird, Liviu "Cindy Parlow Cone Named Portland Thorns FC Head Coach" Equalizer Soccer Retrieved December 19, 2012 
  5. ^ Hays, Graham August 31, 2013 "Portland blazes trail with NWSL title" ESPN Retrieved August 31, 2013 
  6. ^ Goldberg, Jamie "Cindy Parlow Cone has resigned as head coach for the Portland Thorns" Accessed February 7, 2014

External linksedit

  • Cindy Parlow Cone – FIFA competition record
  • Cindy Parlow US Soccer player profile
  • Cindy Parlow ESPN player bio
  • Cindy Parlow Cone on Twitter
Preceded by
Vanessa Webb
ACC Female Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Jen Adams

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