Sammy would be offended if I didn’t mention how funny she is... so there it is. I always look over to Sammy and can’t help but be uplifted by her positive vibes.

Where are you from and what is the best thing about being from there?

California, ten minutes from Laguna Beach. I moved when I was in high school but I’ve never been more than five miles from the beach. I could be out late with my friends and enjoy my high school years, my parents didn’t have to worry, which isn’t always the case in other places. It was a great place to grow up, very laid-back, which made me the way I am.

Why do you play soccer?

I love it – I don’t know how else to explain that – I like the people and I could be out for hours playing soccer. I just love it, it makes me happy to do something I am good at with my friends

Growing up did you feel constrained by gender? How have you overcome this?

I’ve never felt constrained for being a girl in sports. I feel like I’ve been praised, I grew up in a pretty progressive place. Obviously things can be frustrating when the women’s game isn’t as well-respected — don’t get as many fans, etc. In order to get stuff done, we can’t just let it frustrate us, we just have to get stuff done. It’s different from men’s sports; it’s a different game and we need to focus on making it better!

If you had to stop playing soccer tomorrow and money wasn’t a consideration, what would you want your profession to be?

I’d go and live on a beach somewhere and I’d learn how to surf properly. Or I would probably want to coach college soccer.

What is your strongest attribute – Where does that come from?

I think my person-ability, charisma. I try to be very friendly to everyone that I meet. I always try to give people a chance when I meet them, I don’t worry about what I’ve heard or anything like that — I just like to be friendly and get to know everyone.

What is one thing you do that makes you feel proud of yourself?

The fact that I really try to get along with most people. I try not to prejudge people and I try to get to know people because I’ve found most people are actually good people and I like to just be open to being friends with everyone.