mid·​field·​er | \ ˈmid-ˌfēl-dər How to pronounce midfielder (audio) , ˌmid-ˈfēl- \

Definition of midfielder

: a member of a midfield

Examples of midfielder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ertz, a versatile midfielder who also won the award in 2017, was on the US teams that won World Cup championships in 2015 and again this summer in France. BostonGlobe.com, "Gregorius gets $14M," 15 Dec. 2019 Six of the nine players departing Orlando were midfielders, reflecting the turnover at the position that has been a focus of executive vice president of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi since the end of the season. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City confirms departure of Lamine Sané, eight other players from 2019 roster," 10 Dec. 2019 The midfielder, who captains the professional Seattle Reign FC, also won the Ballon d'Or award last week, given annually to the world's best soccer players. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Soccer legend Megan Rapinoe has been named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year," 9 Dec. 2019 The Japanese midfielder set up Jonathan Osorio with a backheel, but Johnson pushed the Canadian international’s shot over the crossbar for one of TFC's three first-half corner kicks. Dylan Butler, orlandosentinel.com, "Toronto FC upsets No. 1 NYCFC 2-1 in Eastern Conference semifinals," 23 Oct. 2019 O’Connor spent almost five years with Orlando City SC over the course of career, playing three seasons as a midfielder with the team at the USL level and serving as head coach since July 2018. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Former Orlando City coach James O’Connor thanks fans in farewell letter," 12 Oct. 2019 Long is a gritty midfielder that isn’t afraid to go in for tough tackles and can be an asset for the Reign in transition. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Thorns vs. Reign FC: Players to watch, TV channel, how to watch live stream online," 26 Sep. 2019 Rothbard, a midfielder, was third on the team with 42 goals and also added a team-best 45 ground balls. Daily Pilot, "Newport Harbor’s Delaney Knipp earns Sunset League girls’ lacrosse Player of the Year," 27 Aug. 2019 Leroy, a sophomore midfielder, had 25 goals and nine assists for 59 points and Willis, a senior forward, collected 22 goals and 14 assists for 58 points. Charles Rich, Glendale News-Press, "Looking Back: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer shines in 2018-19 campaign," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of midfielder

1932, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2020

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“Midfielder.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midfielder. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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