The Megan Manthey Column: Sounders Beats UEFA Champions League

Posted in Columnists, Seattle, Women


Published on April 26, 2012 with 10 Comments

Megan Manthey - a strong, positive role model / Photo: Jane Gershovich

Sounders Women’s Megan Manthey is a native Washingtonian from Blaine. She is 23 years old and has played most of her career away from home. Having left Danish club Fortuna Hjorring to return to the Pacific Northwest, Megan made her Sounders debut earlier this month.

Today, in her debut as a columnist for Prost Amerika, she describes the incredible football world she discovered upon her return to Cascadia.

Playing for Sounders Beats UEFA Champions League

by Megan Manthey

On Friday, April 13, 2012 I played my debut game with the Women Seattle Sounders. It is the first game I have played in front of my friends and family in my home state since 2005.

The difference? – only about 4,000 people and hundreds of screaming girls all excited about women’s soccer. After moving overseas to play my first few years as a professional, I never saw myself moving back to play in front of a home crowd.

I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from the community around me and am amazed how Seattle has awakened from its’ sedative slumber of disinterested soccer citizens to a roaring sea of scarf waving Sounders fanatics.I could not have chosen a better time to come back.

If this is a pre-cursor to what the season is going to look like for us, I cannot wait for it to begin!

The contrast between my experiences playing in Denmark and the UEFA Women’s Champions League to Friday night’s game are huge. The largest crowd we reached for our top matches was a little over 1,000. Granted, we lived and played in a town with a population of 25,000 people.

It is incredible what moving into a major city does for the support of women’s soccer. The large crowd brings so much energy to the field. I really enjoyed meeting all the fans after the match. One of the most important roles we have as players is helping to pave the way for future generations.

These young girls need strong, positive role models in their lives. They need to hear that they have something they can work for as far as future possibilities of playing soccer after college. I am really looking forward to getting more involved with the soccer community in the Seattle area (as I grew up in Ferndale and almost feel like a foreigner in the big city as much as I did living in Denmark) and building into the lives of the youth players.

We are still settling in as a team, getting to know each other, and waiting for the finalized roster. We have our goals set high on reaching the final four and are putting in the hard work now to be ready for the start of the season.

We have a great pool of players, extremely talented, smart, and committed.

Sounders Women Kate Deines and Megan Manthey Join Prost Amerika as Columnists

What do the Sounders Women do when they Sell out? They Add Seats!

Megan (8) celebrates with her extremely talented, smart, and committed teammates

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  1. Great Article Megan: love, Mom.

  2. You are the greats in my book.Love ya aunt shelly

  3. Great article! You have always had a way with words and writing. See you play soon!
    Love U

  4. Megan, Love your article, very informative. Looking forward to watching your play in Vancouver and Victoria!

  5. I gotta get out to see a game, we’ll be cheering for you Megan!

  6. Wish we could come watch…great article!

  7. Welcome home! I was planning on going to your game against the UW, but the game sold out. The game needs to be played in a BIGGER venue!

  8. I can’t wait to see you play!!! I’m so excited for you an to have you close!! Xoxox

  9. Good for you Megan!!! So glad to see you are still playing, you always had unmatched talent :)

  10. Yeah Megan–
    So glad you have joined the Sounders this season. My sister speak very highly of you as a player and person. Look forward to getting to know you over the course of the season.

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