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Raquel Rodríguez interview (Part Two): Something Rocky this way comes – Sky Blue’s tica learning on the funky fly

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A goal for the record books, bilingual eloquence or an admirably firm handle on what she stands for – some things can always be counted on with Raquel Rodríguez. Change, however, came in spades for the Costa Rican international once she arrived in the U.S. five years ago, ably accompanied by tribulation, triumph, precious times of silliness, and of course, a now-synonymous nickname. Read more →

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

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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 →

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

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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 →

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

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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

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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 →