Williams-SpiritRICHMOND, Va. (March 24, 2015) – The 2014-15 ECNL season is dedicated to celebrating the Amazing Young Women that have helped mold this league into the top female youth soccer platform in the world.  As part of the campaign, the ECNL is encouraging amazing young women to share their stories.  Colleen Williams is a former professional women’s soccer player.  She recently retired after a decorated career with the FC Bucks (club team), University of Dayton (college), and the Washington Spirit (professional).  The ECNL caught up with Colleen to learn more about her both on and off the field.

Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: I read constantly.  I love fun beach books, easy summer reads.  I’m not sure who my favorite author is, but my favorite book is Hemingway’s Girl.  It’s not that well known, but I’ve read it four times.  It’s a fictional tail loosely based off of Ernest Hemingway’s life down in Key West and his love affair/ relationship with his local native maid set back during the depression.

Q: What is your juggling record?
A: You know, I used to stay outside on hot summer days and not allow myself in the house until I hit a new record.  I would say “okay, if you get this amount you can go grab a nice cold lemonade!”  Back in the day, I believe it was around 100.

Q: Do you have any siblings?
A: Yes! I am extremely close with my entire family.  I have two older brothers, Brett and Bryan, as well as a younger sister, Kelly.

Q: What is something most people do not know about you?
A: Most people do not know that I made a bet with a teammate when I was 18 years old that I would get a soccer tattoo if we won the National Championship. We won. And I am a girl of my word.
**note: this is not suggested!

Q: What is your favorite emoji?
A: I definitely overuse emojis.  I love those little monkeys the “hear no, speak no, see no evil ones.”  I use them when I say something silly.

Q: Champions League or English Premier League?
A: I’m going to go with the third option: World Cup!

Q: Have you ever traveled outside of the country?
A: I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Spain twice, both for soccer.  I would love to travel through Europe, especially Germany and Ireland, the countries of my heritage.

Q: Paper or Plastic?
A: I always choose paper! Living in Hawaii without a car, I do several small trips to the store, and walk home with my paper bags.

Q: What was your favorite club team memory?
A: Oh my GOSH.  I have 600 million.  Those girls will be my bridesmaids one day.  We had the absolute best times together for ten straight years.  Maybe not a specific memory, but I cherish everything we did together.  Away tournaments were my absolute favorite.  I would scribble in my notebook “three weeks until WAGS” or “ten days until Vegas tournament!”  Probably hide and seek in the hotel or knocking on random hotel room doors and sprinting away.  We caused some serious hotel mayhem!

Q: Who is your soccer idol?
A: Not specifically a soccer idol, but in the soccer world I would have to say I look up to my coaches.  I cannot believe how fortunate I have been to have had the coaches that I did.  Both my club and college coach treated me like a daughter, and that is something that goes further than playing the sport.  I would turn to them for anything, and that says a lot about the type of person they both are.

Q: If you had to sing karaoke, what song would you sing?
A: “What I Got” by Sublime

Q: Did you play any other sports growing up?
A: I played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse all through high school.  I love basketball.  My brother would also whip my butt in some front yard wiffleball.

Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job is being an on camera interviewer for professional sports.  TV Host ideally.  Essentially, I’m an Erin Andrews wanna-be.

Q: What is your favorite hometown restaurant?
A: Vito’s Pizzeria.  Hands down best buffalo chicken pizza in the world.  I refuse to eat pizza out of the NY/NJ area.

Q: Snapchat or Instagram?
A: I’m a pretty big Snapchat fan.

Q: Do you have a phobia? If so, what?
A: Poison Ivy.  Hands down. Hate it. Guess what? There is no poison ivy in Hawaii; it’s magical.  There are no snakes either! When I was younger we were playing “ding dong ditch” in my neighborhood and I hid in a bush after ringing someone’s door bell and running away… well karma got me because I had the worst case of poison ivy and had to be put on steroids to clear it up.

Q: What is your favorite movie quote?
A: My friends would laugh at this because I am a huge movie buff and quote movies about ten times a day on average.  Pretty much daily I end up using the old Mathew McCounoughy quote “alright alright alright”.  Crowd favorite.  🙂

Q: What is in your purse at this very moment?
A: Ah! Doggy bags for when I take my puppy for a walk, sunscreen, KIND bar, gum, gopro!, sunglasses, a novel called “Nantucket Blue” and extra scrunchies (yes I wear scrunchies)

Q: Do you have any superstitions?
A: I am insanely superstitious.  I had full blown rituals before games.  I would weirdly have to sit down and stretch before every single game right before the starting whistle blew.  I have OCD so yeah, so many rituals!

Q: Define “team” in your own words
A: Team to me means having each others back no matter what the situation or circumstance.  Being there for your teammates when things hit the fan is when you can tell how close a team really is.  It’s easy for people to support you when you’re doing well, but a true team is discovered when the support is there when nothing is going your way.


About Elite Clubs National League:  The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.  The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.


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