Position: Midfielder (#11)
Born: December 3, 1995
Birthplace: Bozeman, Montana
Previous Club: N/A
College: Stanford University
How Acquired: Signed on Dec. 18, 2018
Werner joins Republic FC after a collegiate career with Stanford University where he won three consecutive NCAA championships from 2015-17.
The Bozeman, Montana, native netted nine goals and added nine assists during his four seasons with the Stanford Cardinal, including the sudden-death goal in overtime during the 2017 College Cup that crowned the Cardinal champions and made them just the second-ever NCAA men’s team to win three consecutive Division 1 titles.
His performance in the final earned him 2017 College Cup Offensive Most Outstanding Player and 2017 Top Drawer Soccer College Cup Best XI honors, as well the Bob Murphy Award, which is “presented to the student athlete whose unforgettable performance in an athletics contest will secure a place in Stanford history.”
Werner is a product of the Portland Timbers Academy and spent time with the club’s U-18 team from 2012-14. After graduating from Stanford, Werner played abroad in Israel before eventually signing with Republic FC.
Sam brings a winning mentality to our team and he has proven that he can step up in big moments. He causes headaches for opponents and will bring tenacity to our front line.
— Republic FC General Manager Todd Dunivant
Werner is reuniting with Stanford teammate Drew Skundrich at Republic FC The two were part of the historic three-peat with the Cardinal.
Faced off against current SRFC teammate Hayden Partain (Wake Forest) in the 2016 College Cup final; Werner scored the final goal in a 5-4 penalty kick shootout to give Stanford the title. It would be the first of two title-deciding goals in his collegiate career, as he later went on to net the game-winning goal against Indiana University in the 2017 College Cup final.
Played alongside Seattle Sounders FC forward, 2016 MLS Rookie of the Year and U.S. international Jordan Morris on Stanford’s 2015 College Cup-winning team.
Hobbies include playing the guitar and sketching/drawing.
Moved to Oregon during high school to play for the Portland Timbers Academy (junior and senior years).
Has a younger sister.