Des Moines Menace newcomer Jordyn Thompson is chock-full of surprises.
The calm, cool and collected demeanor Thompson shows after scoring goals does not always carry over to the rest of her personality in games.
Her role, she feels, is to keep things light on the soccer field. By finding times to inject humor into the team, Thompson considers herself a leader on the field.
“If we’re down and we need a pick-me-up, I try to be the person that brings our spirits up. I’m very outgoing; I like to make people laugh,” said Thompson.
Thompson even extends her pick-me-up chances to the goalkeepers.
“I’ll give her a pat on the butt and tell her ‘let’s go’ on corners if she needs it,” said Thompson. “I’ll pass the ball back to her or catch her at half and try to pick her up.”
After finishing her academics at Grand View University, her career path has changed.
The goal for Thompson was to finish school and become a physical therapist. A major in biology and a minor in psychology set her up for the goal, but following college, she found a new calling and has since applied for the police academy.
“It’s very different, one side of the spectrum to another,” Thompson said. “As life goes on, you change your mind about things. I was using my major, just not as much as I would have liked.”
Soccer was not the only activity Thompson participated in while at Grand View. With a name similar to one of the greatest of all time, it is only fair that Jordyn Michael Thompson would play as number 23 for the Vikings’ basketball team.
The graduate played in just 27 games, but says she “still had fun with it.”
One year removed from collegiate soccer, Thompson has not lost a beat. During her time as a Viking, she found the net 38 times over her four-year career. With the Menace, she has tallied one goal and one assist, both in the first game of the season.
The Menace will try to make a few surprises of its own with the weekend’s road trip to Illinois. On Friday, Des Moines will take on Fire and Ice SC, the team that knocked the Menace from the postseason in 2013. Following the game, Des Moines will head north for a Sunday rematch with the Chicago Red Stars Reserves, the squad that beat the Menace in the 2014 home opener at Valley Stadium on May 31.
Video and story by Matthew DeWitt
Name: Jordyn Thompson
Hometown: Newton, Iowa
College: Grand View University
Major: 2013 Graduate in Biology and minor in psychology
Career goal: Police Academy
World Cup winner: Would like to say U.S., but thinks Portugal
Favorite goal scoring celebration: Run back up to the restart