About Trinity Rodman
The daughter of a famous NBA player (you can probably guess who it is), Trinity Rodman, is a rising star in the world of soccer.
Born on May 20, 2002, Rodman is an American professional soccer player who currently plays as a forward for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States women’s national soccer team.
She is the daughter of former NBA player Dennis Rodman, but quickly stepped out of his shadows to make a name for herself.
Rodman is a rarity in the world of soccer. Unlike most American women her age who play soccer in college and then join the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) after graduation, Rodman didn’t play a college game and went straight to the pros.
Now, let’s take a look at her life, her parents, her career, and her influence on women’s soccer.
Trinity Rodman Parents
Trinity Rodman was born to former NBA player Dennis Rodman and Michelle Moyer. The couple had two children, DJ Rodman and Trinity, before getting married in 2003.
Trinity’s mother, Michelle Moyer, mostly raised her and DJ as a single parent after her divorce from Dennis. Michelle shares a very tight bond with Trinity, and the two often share photos on Instagram.
While Trinity’s father is known for his Hall of Fame basketball career, her mother has a background in modeling and acting. Michelle has appeared in several TV shows and movies, including “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Nanny.”
Trinity’s parents have had an on-and-off relationship over the years, but they both support her soccer career. Dennis surprised Trinity by attending one of her games, and Trinity opened up about her relationship with her father in an interview with TODAY.
Trinity’s relationship with her dad hasn’t been the best. However, Dennis did attend one of her playoff matches. Later, she was quoted as saying…
“My dad doesn’t play a big role in my life at all and most people don’t know that, we don’t see eye to eye on many things. I go months if not years without his presence or communication. Being in spotlights has been hard for us, him and me. We don’t have the best relationship, but at the end of the day he’s human I’m human… he’s my dad, and I’m his little girl that will never change. I will improve and look forward everyday as I hope he does.”
Trinity has also mentioned that her mother is her role model, and she has learned a lot from her.
There’s clear respect, an influence that both of her parents had on her success.
In her free time, Trinity enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is also an animal lover and has a dog named Apollo. Trinity has also been involved in various philanthropic activities and has supported organizations that work towards animal welfare.
Early Playing Days
Trinity spent most of her childhood in Newport Beach before moving to Washington State. Trinity has two siblings, a half-sister named Alexis Caitlyn Rodman and a younger brother named DJ Rodman.
At the age of four, Trinity began playing soccer and she said it “felt like home.”
She was encouraged by her mother and sister to pursue her dream of becoming a professional soccer player. It’s amazing when young athletes get the support of a loved one to pursue the sport they love.
By the age of 10, Rodman began playing soccer with SoCal Blues. She won four national championships in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) and Rodman’s team maintained a five-year undefeated streak. WOW!
High School and College
Trinity Rodman was not a typical high school athlete. She played soccer for JSerra Catholic High School but never played club soccer. Moreso on the boy’s side, many club soccer players will forgo playing for their high school and just play for the club team in the fall.
In her senior soccer season, she scored 26 goals and had 11 assists in just 16 games, earning her the title of Orange County Player of the Year.
She was also named the Gatorade California Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season.
Initially, Rodman had committed to play soccer for the UCLA Bruins in college, but later changed her mind and decided to join the Washington State Cougars for the 2020 season, following in the footsteps of her older brother.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her freshman season was canceled and she chose to pursue a professional career instead, thus never playing a college match.
Professional Career with Washington Spirit
Rodman was selected second overall by the Washington Spirit in the 2021 NWSL Draft. She made her professional debut on May 16, 2021, against the North Carolina Courage. In her first season, she scored 6 goals and made 2 assists, earning the NWSL Rookie of the Year award.
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Rodman’s impressive performances in her rookie season earned her a call-up to the United States women’s national soccer team in June 2021. She made her debut on June 10, 2021, against Portugal.
In the 2022 NWSL season, Rodman continued to impress, scoring 8 goals and making 2 assists in 22 appearances. She helped lead the Spirit to the NWSL playoffs, where they were eliminated in the semifinals.
Rodman has quickly become one of the most exciting young players in the NWSL. Her speed, skill, and ability to score goals have made her a fan favorite. She will undoubtedly be a key player for the Spirit and the USWNT for years to come.
Personal Soccer Achievements
Trinity Rodman has already made a name for herself in the soccer world with several personal achievements at a young age.
Youngest American Goal Scorer in NWSL
Rodman made her debut with the Washington Spirit on May 16, 2021, and scored her first professional goal just four days later. At 18 years old, she became the youngest American goal scorer in NWSL history. Her impressive performance on the field earned her the NWSL Player of the Week award for Week 4 of the 2021 season.
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Rodman’s outstanding performance in the NWSL caught the attention of the USWNT coaches.
She was invited to the USWNT training camp in June 2021, where she impressed the coaches with her speed, skill, and versatility. Although she did not make the final roster for the Tokyo Olympics, her call-up to the national team at just 18 years old is a testament to her talent and potential.
2023 World Cup Selection
Rodman’s future looks bright, and she was recently named on the official roster for the 2023 World Cup.
With her impressive performance in the NWSL and her call-up to the USWNT training camp, Rodman has already proven that she has what it takes to compete at the highest level.
Despite her young age, Trinity Rodman has already achieved several personal milestones in her soccer career.
Her talent, hard work, and dedication have earned her recognition and respect in the soccer world, and she is poised to become a star player for years to come.
Influence and Impact on Women’s Soccer
On the field, Trinity Rodman is already a household name among female soccer fans. Her impressive rookie campaign in the NWSL and her highlight anticipated international debut prove that she is one of the best players in the country!
Off the field, Rodman has also used her platform to advocate for equality and representation in women’s sports. She has spoken out about the need for more diversity in women’s soccer and the importance of giving young girls the opportunity to play and excel in the sport.
Rodman has also been vocal about her own experiences as a young woman in a male-dominated sport and the challenges she has faced along the way.
Overall, Trinity Rodman’s influence and impact on women’s soccer can be seen in her impressive performance on the field and her advocacy for equality and representation in the sport.
Like her USWNT teammate Alex Morgan, she has the potential to inspire a new generation of young girls to pursue their dreams and make their mark in women’s soccer.