Beats & Rhymes FC

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 →

Nicole Barnhart interview (Part Two): ‘Meet Nicole’ – The Cardinal cover, double gold and true Blue

Photo: Ampatent

 

FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart’s motivation and performance levels have only strengthened since she last wore the gloves for her country, but back before the two-time Olympic gold medallist’s reputation was truly made between the sticks, one of her first tasks in a record-breaking Stanford University career was to turn creative force and reveal some finer details from her inside cover. Read more →

Nicole Barnhart interview (Part One): Pocket Rocker to shot-stopper – The composing of FCKC’s steady hand

Photo: John Rieger/FC Kansas City

 

In a game so often filled with unnecessary noise and haste, the pace is altogether more mellow and sincere with FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, with special significance in the 54-cap U.S. international’s story hidden away in song so securely that even she was surprised to uncover it. Read more →