In today’s episode, I interview World Cup Champion, US national soccer team member, Portland Thorns FC defender, Meghan Klingenberg.
When Meghan was thirteen years old, her mom pulled her out of middle school. The two of them road tripped to University of North Carolina to see the women’s soccer team play for the first time. After that game, Meghan began writing letters to the head coach Anson Dorrance, expressing her interest in playing for his team.
Her dreams of becoming a Tarheel came true, and her career accelerated from there. After college, Meghan was drafted to the Women’s Professional Soccer league. She received her first call up to the full national team in 2011 and became a mainstay from then on out. In 2012, she just missed out on the Olympics roster, and went to London as an alternate. This experience created a huge paradigm shift for Meghan. She knew that if she wanted to be on the team, then she had to be different than everyone else. So she opted to head overseas to Sweden and play with some of the best players in the world.
Meghan unconventional path paid-off, and in 2015, she started every match in the World Cup, and helped the team win gold.
She currently plays for the Portland Thorns, who won the NWSL championships last season
In our conversation, Meghan talks about
-her insanely competitive family, and how a Disney Trivia game night turned into family members shunning each other for days
-her involvement with the USWNT Players Association and standing up for equal pay
-how she deals with the pressure of US national team camps
-the value she has found in seeing a therapist
-her approach for dealing with haters on social media
-how she became Edie’s (Portland Thorns head coach, Mark Parson’s daughter) special friend
Enjoy my conversation with the lively, confident Meghan Klingenberg.
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:50 Who is Meghan Klingenberg?
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4:30 2014 Australian visit and cutting Kendall’s hair
6:00 Meghan’s love for Portland
6:54 What is Meghan’s typical day of training look like?
7:45 Meghan’s am routine
8:45 Meghan’s after training activities
10:00 Working with the USWNT on Players Association
12:45 Has Megan always been politically active?
14:03 When did Megan’s love of cooking begin?
16:15 Meghan’s family
17:25 Crazy Klingenberg game nights
18:53 In her opinion, is her family competitiveness healthy?
21:13 What other sports did Meghan play?
21:47 Did Meghan have a goal of playing on the Nat’l team?
23:55 What attracted Meghan to University of North Carolina?
26:35 Does Meghan have other obsessions beyond soccer?
30:05 When did Meghan get called up the Nat’l team, camp experience and China?
33:12 How does Meghan deal with the stress of soccer?
38:13 What was Meghan’s 1st tournament that she tried to make on the national team?
41:11 How did Meghan’s time in Sweden change her mental outlook?
42:55 Daring Bravely Brene Brown
44:18 Meghan’s perspective of being vulnerable on the soccer field
47:04 How does Meghan deal with being in the spotlight?
48:46 Meghan’s favorite hate message that she has received
49:26 How does Meghan get her confidence back after a poor game?
51:00 What goes through her mind during her training sessions?
52:45 Which 2 teammates would you have bury a body?
53:54 What is the funniest memory of the Portland Thorns season?
56:46 What is Meghan’s guilty pleasure right now?
58:02 What is the coolest place Meghan’s ever been?
1:02:26 What is it like leading up to the National team announcement?
1:08:09 What one thing does Meghan have on her bucket list?
1:10:34 How did Edie Parson’s and Meghan become friends?
1:15:00 Women’s v. Men’s soccer disparity of pay
1:20:00 What was Meghan’s first thought when she woke up this morning?
1:20:13 Meghan’s morning routine?
1:20:48 What is the biggest misconception that people have about Meghan?
1:22:40 What is one absurd belief that she has?
1:24:44 What is the worst advice Meghan’s ever been given?
1:26:22 What is Meghan’s favorite failure?
1:28:35 Meghan’s greatest accomplishment
1:30:21 What is one tip Meghan gives tto female athletes?
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