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Who is Jessica Fishlock?
Jess Fishlock is just a music loving, free spirit sister to five siblings who happens to be Welsh and likes to kick a round leather thing around.
Where did you grow up playing soccer?
I grew up playing football with my brothers before joining Cardiff City ladies who were my local team in Wales.
Did you ever train on your own away from the field?
Yea, I trained on my own away from the field, I still do. Sometimes I just like to do a run, it helps me relax and think. I love my teammates but sometimes I need some alone time ha-ha.
Did you have a role model growing? If yes, who and why?
I wouldn’t say I had a role model, but I loved Eric Cantona he was my idol. Then Paul Scholes…what a player!
What motivated you join Seattle Reign FC and the new NWSL?
I think growing up America was always the place you wanted to play if you could. You can’t deny that the league holds the best players in the world, if you had a chance to compete against them week in week out, you wouldn’t say no. The fact that Laura Harvey is here too, made the decision easier.
What’s impressed you most about the soccer culture that’s been created in Seattle?
Seattle as a city loves soccer, you just have to look at the Seattle Sounders to see that and the response that we have had already. The whole atmosphere, support and love they have for soccer has impressed me a lot.
You captain the Welsh National Team. What’s the biggest challenge playing at the highest level?
Winning. You can play so well at the highest level, yet make one mistake and it costs you a game, a qualification and you can never get it back. It’s tough and it’s why it makes every game a difficult one.
What differences do you see in the American game, compared to the British/Welsh game?
Main difference is the tempo of the game. It’s such a fast game in America. It means you have to be mentally switched on at all times and your transitions have to be within seconds. On top of that, your quality still has to be there and that what makes the league really good.
What motivates you to be successful?
I don’t think I have this burning desire to be successful, it’s more I just love football (soccer). It’s just who I am. Then I have this competitive edge in me who just hates losing. Put them together and you get this person who plays soccer like a kid, but with a winning mentality like every game is a Final.
What advice would you give a young girl dreaming of playing professional soccer?
Just believe, believe in yourself, be ready to always learn whatever age/stage and work hard. The rest will take care of itself.