goal·​keep·​er | \ ˈgōl-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce goalkeeper (audio) \

Definition of goalkeeper

: a player who defends the goal in any of various games (such as hockey, lacrosse, or soccer)

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The two of them are big fans of soccer, and Penniman plays as a goalkeeper in the Detroit City Futbol League. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit fans celebrate U.S. Women's World Cup championship victory," 7 July 2019 In theory, Hague, a goalkeeper, exists on Cincinnati's roster as the third option at his position. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati bet big on the MLS SuperDraft. So far, it's been a smart gamble.," 3 July 2019 The key play of the night was the save by U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher on a penalty kick late in the game. Jordan Angeli, The Denver Post, "USWNT survives physical match with England as goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher comes up big," 2 July 2019 Ellen White picked it up and slotted a low shot past U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Thom Craver, CBS News, "U.S. defeats England 2-1 to advance to Women's World Cup final," 2 July 2019 Alex Morgan celebrated her 30th birthday on Tuesday by scoring a decisive goal and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher stopped a late penalty kick in a 2-1 United States victory over England in the Women's World Cup semifinal in Lyon, France. NBC News, "Alex Morgan and Alyssa Naeher lead U.S. women to 2-1 victory over England in World Cup semis," 2 July 2019 The one time Chile got behind the U.S. back line Saturday off a set piece, goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made a mistake by rushing off her line and diving for but missing the ball, which flew past her and into the net. Alicia Delgallo, orlandosentinel.com, "USWNT defense faces first real test of World Cup with Sweden," 18 June 2019 Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois told Belgian reporters after the 1-0 loss. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Belgium blasts France for boring, 'anti-football' tactics after World Cup loss," 11 July 2018 But Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois threw himself across the goal and pushed the ball over at full stretch. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Belgium’s Golden Generation Delivers on Promise With a Run to World Cup Semifinal," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of goalkeeper

1789, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of goalkeeper

: a player who defends the goal in various games (especially soccer)


goal·​keep·​er | \ ˈgōl-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce goalkeeper (audio) \

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: a player who defends a goal

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