Philippine national soccer player Hali Long lives in Springfield, IL

Philippine national soccer player Hali Long lives in Springfield, IL

The most notable soccer player who calls Springfield home is largely unknown locally. 

She wasn’t born here, she never played here, and she doesn’t coach here.  

Hali Moriah Candido Long is a center back on the Philippine women’s national soccer team can be found working at the Starbucks on Monroe Street. Long has played for the Philippine women’s soccer team since 2016. 

Born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, she graduated from Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri, in 2013 then played soccer at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She first attended a tryout for the Filipino national women’s soccer team in California in 2013 — a year after she tore an ACL. That tryout was more of a way to measure herself against other top-caliber players. In 2016, she tried out again and was invited to join the national team.  


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