(Kansas City, Mo.) – The Missouri-Kansas City women’s soccer team was able to sit down and listen to United States Women’s National Team defender Becky Sauerbrunn talk about her experience at the World Cup on Friday at Durwood Soccer Stadium.
Sauerbrunn, who currently plays for FC Kansas City of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), stopped by the UMKC campus to talk about her experiences as a professional soccer player, winning the World Cup, and to answer questions from head coach Chris Cissell and the rest of the women’s soccer team, before taking pictures with the team Friday afternoon.
Coach Cissell, who admits Sauerbrunn is his favorite soccer player that he has never coached, was ecstatic to have the World Cup champion come talk to his team, and the players were equally excited to be able to meet a player the caliber of Sauerbrunn.
“It was like a dream come true,” sophomore midfielder Maureen Bigsby said. “I think every kid or soccer player dreams about meeting a national player and seeing someone in person who plays at that level. It is really cool to see someone who was in our position as a college soccer player who now has had so much success with winning the gold at the Olympics and the women’s world cup.”
Sauerbrunn, who will take the pitch on Saturday with FC Kansas City to face the Western New York Flash in a pivotal match for FCKC’s chance at making the NWSL playoffs, admitted she wished she had the same opportunity as the ‘Roos.
“It was great to come talk to the team,” Sauerbrunn said. “I wish I had the same opportunity to talk to a player on a national team when I was in college. It is great that there is a professional team here in Kansas City that has easy access for them to come to our games and watch us play and we can come talk to them. I hope that with me answering questions it makes them feel more prepared to continue playing women’s soccer in the future. Hopefully it motivates them to experience what I got to experience.”
“It was great to hear her talk about what motivates her,” Bigsby said. “She said it is the little things that keeps her going and it is the same with me, whether it is making a really great pass or getting a move off, that is something that you have been working for and to see it out on the field, it keeps me motivated.”
The ‘Roos should have no problem staying motivated this season, however, as they look to defend their regular season WAC title and hope to avenge their loss in the WAC tournament championship match, when the season kicks off on Sunday, August 16th, with an exhibition match against the University of Nebraska Omaha.