Source: SB Nation article "Meet Sophia Smith, the 19-year-old phenom who’s the future of NWSL and the USWNT"
Initial Reaction: I think it is cool how Sophia Smith's combination of talents is so rare that the Portland Thorns were willing to give up a US national team player for her. The Portland Thorns are one of the best teams in the NWSL and for them to make such a big trade really shows that she must be a very special talent that is one of a kind.
Lesson: Being a good player inside (soccer IQ) and outside (physical skills) is super important and gets coaches attention, but how you handle yourself off the field impacts coaches final decisions!
Take-away: Work hard and follow your dreams!
SOURCE: CBS interview of "Coach Val" ... UCLA's legendary gymnastics coach (22 regional championships, 7 NCAA championships, 4 coach of the year awards)
INITIAL REACTION: I had no idea that she was initially so mean!
LESSON: She demonstrated how important it is to listen, learn and adapt. I don't think she would have matched her success if she didn't evolve her coaching style.
TAKE-AWAY: Don't get caught up in winning & losing ... focus on the "Process & Experience" 😃
Our Junior Editor's favorite player (even before the world cup) is Sam Mewis. Apparently our Junior Editor knows something about soccer! Fun read by Equalizer Soccer.
On International Women’s Day, it’s pretty cool to see and read about the women who inspire the US Women’s National Soccer Team. Add a comment with the name you would wear on the back of your jersey?