Lori is a former professional soccer player who has represented her sport on both a national and international level. Her professional playing career spanned 13 years, with her most notable accomplishment representing the United States Women’s National Team at the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany, and helping the team earn the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal in London. Lori is one of only four players to have played in all three U.S. professional women’s soccer leagues. She finished her career in December 2014 with Canberra United of the Australian W-League where she played the past two seasons. Lori was a two-time All-American at the University of Virginia and was twice named ACC Player of the Year, joining Mia Hamm as the only two players to accomplish the feat.
Lori is best known for her infectious humor, hard work and perseverance, a necessity given the demands and unpredictability of a professional soccer career.
In addition to Lori’s accomplishments on the field she has been a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community. Lori “came out” publicly in 2012 and is an Ambassador for Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization focused on ending homophobia and transphobia in sports. Lori also played a pivotal role in Principle 6, which successfully pressured the International Olympic Committee to revise the non-discrimination principle in the Olympic Charter to include sexual orientation.