Karen Nordin’s native Sweden clashes against the United States on Friday night in a Women’s World Cup group-stage match, and she can’t wait.
“Both are good sides,” says Karin, a goalkeeper for the Des Moines Menace. “They’re both excellent with their defensive positioning. I think it’s going to be a battle of corners. Of course, I want Sweden to win, but if it’s not a tie, I think the U.S. is going to get the edge 2-1.”
An international-relations major, Karin enters her junior year at San Francisco State University after spending two years at Santa Barbara City College. She started in 19 games of the 2014 season with the Vaqueros, logging 1,678 minutes. She helped her team to a 14-3-5 regular season record, lending a hand in a 9-0-3 undefeated conference run, allowing only four goals after facing 26 shots in conference play.
In this video, Karin chats with us about the U.S. vs. Sweden, life in Des Moines, and her experience with the Menace.
You are invited to meet Karin and her teammates and help cheer on the U.S. and Sweden at a 7 p.m. Menace watch-party at Legends American Bar and Grill (just up the road from Valley Stadium, at 50th and Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines).
Fans have just two more opportunities to catch the Menace women at home: Saturday (June 13) against the Quad City Eagles at Cownie Soccer Park and July 11 against Fire & Ice SC at Valley Stadium.
This story and video were posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 by Menace intern Aaron Wylie.