AHO X Jessica McDonald Q & A

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For anyone involved in the Arizona soccer scene the name Jessica McDonald rings out.  Jess has been on the phoenix soccer scene all her life, born and raised in Glendale. 

Not only has Jess played in various professional womens leagues around the country she is now embarking on the ultimate reward for any pro player, a trip to the Womens World Cup in Paris this summer. 

We caught up with Jess for a short Q and A as she prepares for the tournament.  Check it out and support the Jess and the USWNT this Summer in France!

Q)  CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHERE YOU’RE FROM AND HOW YOU GOT STARTED PLAYING SOCCER?

I was born in Phoenix and raised in Glendale, Arizona. My grandma threw all of us (everyone) in the family into sports. Soccer grew to be a very popular sport in my family. 

Q)  HOW DO YOU FEEL SOCCER HAS GRONW IN AZ OVER THE YEARS?

Soccer is huge in Arizona now. It’s amazing to see how the entire valley has so many club teams to choose from. 

Q)  WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MOMENTS AS A PLAYER?

Some of my favorite moments would of course be winning any championship with my teams. Club, we won multiple state championships and a few regional. College, we won 2x’s back to back. Pro, WNY Flash/NC Courage have won twice at the pro level. 

Q)  WHO ARE YOUR FAV PLAYERS OF ALL TIME?

My big brother Brandon, Ronaldinho, Messi, Hope Solo, Mia Hamm, and Mo Salah! 

Q) WHAT WAS THE FEELING LIKE WHEN YOU GOT YOUR FIRST CALL UP FOR THE USWNT?

I was on cloud 9! I was ecstatic. 

Q) WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS FOR THE USWNT AT THE WORLD CUP?

It’s not going to be easy for us. But we’ve got the guts to be successful! 

Q)  WHO IS THE JOKER IN THE DRESSING ROOM OF THE SQUAD?

Where do I even start!!??? Crystal Dunn and Megan Rapinoe for sure. Rose Lavelle and Emily Sonnet always do something silly in the locker room. 

Q)  WHO PICKS THE MUSIC IN THE DRESSING ROOM?

Crystal Dunn. 

Q)  WHICH CLUB TEAM DO YOU SUPPORT?

Liverpool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Q)  FAVORITE BOOTS EVER?

Tiempos

Q)  YOU’VE GOT TO CHOOSE ONE PLAYER FROM HISTORY TO TAKE A 90TH MIN PENALTY TO WIN THE WC. WHO DO YOU PICK?

Female, Lauren Cheney. Male, Pirlo. 

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