EP 10-Professional Soccer Player Emily Menges: on her secret to getting fit, the value of reading, and imaginary friends

Professional soccer player Emily Menges had an adventurous childhood growing up with three brothers in Garden City, New York. She attended Georgetown University. While there, she earned the Big East Defensive Player of the Year and was a Mac Herman Trophy semi- finalist (equivalent to the Heisman) in 2012 and 2013. After college, she was drafted to the Portland Thorns. In 2016 she earned the Team MVP and the was voted Player of the year by the fans.

Because of her stellar season, she recently received a call-up to camp with the full US national team.

Emily has a wild imagination. This made for an entertaining conversation. We covered a wide array of topics, some of which people may think we are a bit crazy, rest assured, this is an accurate statement.

In the first portion of the interview, Emily talks about what it’s like juggling another  job while playing professionally, her obsession with books, the novel she has been writing since high school, and the characters in the book, of which have been living in her head since she was a child.

In the second portion of the interview, we dive into soccer: how Emily’s hate towards track motivates her during fitness, what it was like getting voted Player of the Year by  Thorns fans, why Christine Sinclair and her slurp mustard before games, and how she logs the more miles in a game than anyone else on the team, even though she’s a center back.

Show Notes:

:51  Who is Emily Menges?
2:56  Welcome Emily!
3:25   What is Emily’s favorite candy?
5:22   Emily’s off the field job
6:02  How does Emily juggle two jobs?
7:23  Emily’s unique dual personality
8:57  Is Emily an introvert or extrovert?
9:50  Emily’s brothers
12:35  Is Emily ever in a bad mood?
13:13  What is Emily’s favorite book?
16:32  Kendall’s top 10 books for female athletes  
19:40  Why doesn’t Emily want to grow up?
21:25  What is Emily writing today ?
32:13  Why does Emily log the highest mileage on the field?
33:48  Track nightmares
39:40  Emily player of the year 2016
40:18  Favorite Thorn moment
41:12  What is Emily’s one belief people think is crazy?
45:50  What non-athlete does Emily look up to?
46:25  What does Emily wish her 18 year old self knew back then?
48:12  Emily’s mental and body pregame prep
49:39  Emily’s favorite coffee
49:58  game day routine
50:24  Why do Emily and Sinc slurp mustard?
51:38  Emily’s favorite failure
53:26  How does Emily hope to be remembered?
54:22  Emily’s one simple tip for female athletes

 

 

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3 Comment

  1. I really love the funky intro music.

    1. Kendall Johnson says: Reply

      Thanks Rob! It’s from the the song Be Mine by Ofenbach

      1. Many Thanks Kendall for the song title and name of the band,I would never of found that otherwise.A delightfully up-tempo and upbeat song.I love it.Many thanks again.

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