Who is Becky Edwards?
Becky Edwards is a Two-time WPS Champion with FC Gold Pride and WNY Flash. Becky also played in a National Championship with Florida State University. Becky is currently playing Professional soccer for KDFF in Damallsvenskan, Sweden.
You can follow Becky on Twitter @BeckyEdwards14
Where did you grow up playing soccer?
I grew up playing soccer in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, about 40 minutes outside Philadelphia. I played for a Spirit United boys club team until I was 13 and then I played for Spirit United girls and FC Delco for a year each. I played for West Chester Predators from u15 until my college years. I’m an eastern PA/Region 1 girl!
Who was your role model growing up and why?
I really looked up to the ’99 World Cup players. I saw them train and play a few times locally. I remember I had to have the Mia Hamm cleats and the ’99 adidas World Cup ball. When the Philadelphia Charge came around, it was great to be able to watch those players as well. Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm, Tiffeny Milbrett, Kelly Smith, to name a few.
Did you ever train on your own away from the field?
Yes, I trained on my own all the time. I was always with the ball and playing the game. I have a big back yard and my brothers and sister always wanted to play as well.
You played for Florida State University. What was your best memory and achievement while playing college soccer?
I would have to say going to the national championship my sophomore year was my greatest ‘tangible’ achievement during my college years. However, looking back now, my experience and growth as a player and person throughout my four years is what I’m most grateful for now.
You played for FC Gold Pride & WNY Flash, both teams were crowned WPS Champions. What did these two teams have in common?
Both FC Gold Pride and WNY Flash had some of the world’s best players. We certainly had the talent to win those championships. Once Gold Pride folded, we had somewhat of an advantage in that many of the players came to WNY Flash. Although we had the talent, I think that it was the team chemistry and positive energy every day at practice and games that made us successful.
Who’s the most difficult player you’ve played against and why?
Tough question. As a midfielder, Camille Abily comes to mind first. I had to play against her many times in practice at Gold Pride. She’s very clever and strong and difficult to defend. Playing with and against Lauren Cheney in Boston and on national teams, she is strong and unpredictable as well.
Who’s the best player you’ve played with and why?
I have to say Marta first. She’s the world’s best. She’s fast, clever, strong, works hard every day, and you know she’s going to score you a goal or two. Christine Sinclair is also high up there. I respect her leadership and her goal scoring ability. I also enjoyed playing with Caroline Seger and Alex Morgan.
What motivates you to be successful?
I have always wanted to be the best that I can in soccer. I have had dreams since I was young to play professionally and for the national team in the World Cup and Olympics. I’ve always kept my sight on those goals, I love the game, and, with that in mind, my motivation comes naturally.
What advice would you give a young female soccer player dreaming of becoming a professional player?
I would tell young players to surround yourself with the game. There are opportunities everywhere to take advantage of. Work hard, work smart and don’t let other people steer your path.