Amber Matthews plays Wonder-Woman-like defense for the Des Moines Menace women's team, who is 3-1-1 in the Women's Premier League.
Every week we spotlight Menace players in our “7 Facts” series. Make sure you’re paying attention – there’s an “alternative fact” in each story.
Let’s get to know defender Amber Matthews.
1. She was born in Bristol, England, but moved to Spain when she was one year old.
2. When she turned 12, she couldn’t play soccer on a co-ed team in Spain anymore. Her family moved back to England so Amber could play at a higher level.
3. Amber played with the Chelsea Academy U18 team when she was 16 and with the Westham Reserves when she was 18.
4. Ever since she was little, she has wanted to play soccer in the United States. In 2013, made a last-minute decision to play college soccer at Young Harris University in Young Harris, Ga.
5. Her freshman year (2013) at Young Harris, she tore her MCL and meniscus in her right knee while playing. Then, in 2014, she tore her MCL, meniscus and her ACL in the same knee. She is seeking a medical redshirt year from the NCAA.
6. This is Amber’s first season with any WPSL team.
7. She graduated with a psychology degree and is applying for graduate school. She hopes to find a career within the sports industry because she wants to give back to something that gave her the ability to experience new places and meet people all around the world.
Did you catch this week’s alternative fact? It was number 6… This is Amber’s second year with a WPSL team. She played with the North Bay FC Wave in San Francisco in 2014.
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Story posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017.
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