Without a doubt, soccer in America, despite arguably being the most popular sport in the world does not enjoy a high-profile status in the country, with preference given to sports like basketball and football. However, the inferior popularity hasn’t stopped a number of Americans embracing the sport, enough for the country to have its own homegrown stars, one of which is Shawna Gordon, who has played soccer internationally as a professional player.
Shawna Gordon began playing soccer at high school and has recorded achievements such as playing for teams like Western Sydney Wanders and Umeak IK in Sweden. She has also featured internationally for the United States at Under-20 level.
Here is everything you need to know about Shawna Gordon, including her personal life and career journey.
Who is Shawna Gordon and Where is She From?
On the 18th of January, 1990, Shawna Gordon was born in Fontana, California to her parents. Much of her familial background is unknown other than the fact she was born to mixed parents and thus, is a woman with multi-ethnic roots.
Shawna Gordon was raised in Rancho Cucamonga and she began her education at Los Osos High School where she also began her football career, playing for her school’s soccer team.
At high school, Shawna Gordon helped her school to two league championships and was named in the league’s first team four times during her time as a player, including getting named the most valuable player during her senior year.
Her soccer development included stints at Arsenal and in the Olympic Development Program camps where she spent five years, helping the ’90 Cal South ODP team to a national championship and a second-place finish over the course of five years. Following the completion of high school, Shawna Gordon joined California State University and played college soccer for Long Beach State 49ers.
A central midfielder, Shawna Gordon spent four years playing for the team, playing a total of 89 games and scoring 17 goals, leading the team to three Big West titles along with appearances in three NCAA Tournaments.
After completing her college education, she moved on to player football professional and signed with the Boston Breakers, although she never made her appearance for the team before she moved on to Western Sydney Wanders FC in Australia where she played ten games and scored a lone goal during her time at the club.
After leaving Western Sydney, Shawna Gordon moved on to Umea IK where she spent a year. She returned to America and joined Sky Blue FC in New Jersey, and played a total of twenty-one games for the club.
At the International level, Shawna Gordon has represented the United States playing in the Under-17 and under-20 soccer teams.
Aside from her fame as a soccer player, Shawna Gordon’s popularity also comes via her relationship with Shemar Moore, the actor, and former model.
The couple was reportedly in a relationship for a long time, appearing in various events and public spaces together in what many considered a solid and lasting relationship between both parties.
Unfortunately, like Shemar Moore’s previous relationships with other notable personalities like Halle Berry and Toni Braxton, the relationship with Shawna Gordon came to an unceremonious end.
Since the high-profile relationship ended, Shawna Gordon hasn’t been known to be in any public relationship, and while that might suggest she is single, her Instagram page (@_shawnagordon_) suggests she might be in a relationship with an unknown man. Regardless, nothing has so far been confirmed by the soccer player.
When it comes to her parents, Shawna Gordon has done a good job of keeping them out of the media spotlight. Despite the fact her career trajectory shows she has had supportive parents over the course of her career as a soccer player, we have been unable to learn any valuable information about her parents.
So far, the only known fact about her parents is their status as an inter-racial marriage.
What Is Shawna Gordon’s Net Worth and Salary?
The lack of popularity of soccer in the US, combined with the comparative difference in salary for women soccer players in the world compared to their male counterparts, means Shawna Gordon doesn’t enjoy a hefty amount of salary as a professional player.
Regardless, a long career in the sport, combined with her work as a model has helped her to an estimated net worth of $1 million. She is believed to be earning $85,000 in salary per year.