BERKELEY – California women’s soccer’s standout goalkeeper Emily Kruger is the latest in a string of Golden Bears to continue their playing careers internationally with her recent signing with the Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Women (KR Reykjavik).
“We are so excited to see Emily having the opportunity to pursue her dream of playing professional soccer and know she will do a great job as she is a gifted goalkeeper,” said women’s soccer head coach Neil McGuire.
The Woodside, Calif. native and Cal captain finished her Golden Bear career with a 41-19-13 record and participated with the U.S. Women’s U-23 team. She amassed 279 saves in 78 games to become Cal's all-time saves leader, and also ranks third in program history for career shutouts with 20.3. In the classroom, Kruger was a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection as a member of the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team.
Kruger will join the team for six weeks, appearing in five regular-season matches as well as the playoffs as the team looks to advance back into the first division. Currently, KR Reykjavik is in first place of Iceland’s second division.
Kruger joins a number of former Bears playing overseas, including recent signee Nina Pedersen (Liverpool LFC) and players such as Katrin Omarsdottir (Liverpool LFC) and Betsy Hassett (Manchester City LFC).