Well, my last post was a good 6 months ago, and a lot of life has been happening from then until now. Many people have been asking me to get an update out there, so darn it that’s what I’m going to do!
I spent the bottom half (no pessimism intended) of last year in a little town called Cloppenburg located in the Northwest corner of Deutschland. I had a grand ol’ time playing in the Bundesliga, which absolutely lived up to its’ hype of one of the world’s top women’s soccer leagues. I played against the likes of Bayern Munich, FC Frankfurt, and Turbina Potsdam. While traveling throughout the country I saw the vastness and rich, warm culture of Germany. The acclaim of Wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, lederhosen, and bier did not disappoint. 😉
Nevertheless, my time in Germany came to a close, a bittersweet one I must admit. I said Auf Wiedersehen to some amazing people and friends who have helped continue to shape me as an individual and player. My thoughts are certainly of a jovial nature when I return them to my brief days in Germany. But, my role there was fulfilled and it was time to move on to my next adventure. That adventure would lead me back to my family’s homeland of jolly ol’ England…
That is where I find myself today. I am writing from a four bedroom flat in Liverpool, where I live with three of my teammates. The home of the Beatles also is home to one of the best football clubs in the world, Liverpool FC. I find myself lucky enough to be a part of that organization as I am playing for the Liverpool Ladies team, the reigning champs of the FAWSL. I am a humble member of the team and am ecstatic to have the opportunity to play here. It is amazing to be in a country that has such an appreciation of soccer. The way that Americans feel about football, basketball, baseball, etc. is how, well basically the rest of the world (but especially England) feels about soccer.
So, anyways, I have been here for just over two months now. We have been hard at work in preseason, gearing up for the 2014 season. Our first match is in the FA Cup tournament against Sunderland on April 13th. We have already played in a handful of successful friendlies, but are certainly ready to get the season underway.
I’ve really enjoyed getting to know my new teammates and coaches. This task is proving to be an easier one than in the past, well, because, guess what?, they speak English here!! No way, right?! While I absolutely enjoy and revel in the knowledge I have gained from learning a bit of French and German, I am relieved to be in a place where I can communicate on a daily basis with the people around me. I think language is something I have taken for granted until I have gone and lived in these places where I could not communicate on a simple day-to-day level. Little as it may be, I greatly appreciate what knowledge I now have of France and Germany, culture and language. Even more so, I am proud to know that I gave my experiences in those countries my best effort in learning as much as I could while given the opportunity…
Safe to say, all is well here though. I am happy and feel a genuine sense of peace and comfort in my new home. I look forward to what is in store, on the pitch and off, in the coming weeks and months.
On a different note, many people have asked about games being streamed online. I do believe some kind of streaming will be available, but I need to double check for those who are curious. In the meantime, feel free to follow our news and what not at www.liverpoolladiesfc.com and on Twitter @LFCladies.
Will give more updates in the coming weeks.
Thanks for reading and take care,