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Stephanie McCaffrey interview: More than just ‘the edge of glory’ – Chicago forward’s drive for five-star standing

Photo: ISI Photos: Daniel Bartel

 

The New Englander identity is one Stephanie McCaffrey could never shake off, and nor would she want to. Having spent her young life around a city decked out in winning sporting heritage, the Chicago Red Stars forward has flown the Boston nest in search of some champion consistency of her own, with recent starlit spectaculars to add to the soundtrack reminders of her heartland. Read more →

Ari Freyr Skúlason interview: Ripping the odds and rocking the house – Left-back’s Desert Iceland discs

 

Earlier in his career, Iceland left-back Ari Freyr Skúlason light-heartedly responded when asked what his new club should expect from him with ‘a crazy man running and fighting.’ Admittedly, the current Sporting Lokeren man brings a lot more to the party than bustle, although in life, football and music, the metronome never really stops ticking for the Euro 2016 ever-present. Read more →

Taylor Smith interview: ‘Beauty in the struggle’ – New kicks in NC for the NWSL champ who came back with Courage

Western New York Flash

 

A National Champion in college, Taylor Smith became a professional title-winner in her rookie season as part of the Western New York Flash’s unexpected 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) success. For the one-time UCLA prospect, the year was in fact much more about personal reconstruction than blazing a trail, with a first U.S. Women’s National Team call capping it all for the North Carolina Courage forward. Read more →

Hallbera Guðný Gísladóttir interview: ‘DJ Razzberry’ racks ‘em up – Iceland defender scorching the beat

 

Even with an internal tussle for playlist power, the Icelandic women’s national team are pulsing toward this summer’s European Championship in fine voice, and with the excitement of a new club to go with the prospect of another major tournament, experienced left-back and resident team DJ Hallbera Guðný Gísladóttir is happily locked into the rhythm. Read more →

Jazmine Reeves interview: Rookie and out, but Hokie for life – The harmony of sentiment and contentment for former Breakers forward

Courtesy of Virginia Tech

 

Both individually and with her team, Jazmine Reeves was part of school history with the Virginia Tech name beside her, before sparking impressively in a debut professional year with the Boston Breakers. Although the former forward’s decision for a future away from the field meant that her career was ultimately something of a one-album deal, there were hit moments made on the way that won’t ever stop spinning for her. Read more →