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.