Learn Soccer from the Pros: Amy Rodriguez
Our Learn Soccer from the Pros series continues with an interview with Amy Rodriguez of the U.S. Women's National Team and FC Kansas City.
Rodriguez made her first appearance for the U.S. Women's team back in 2005, and will once again be a vital member of the American squad that will be competing in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada this summer.
You can follow her on Twitter @AmyRodriguez8.
1. When you were a kid who were some of your favorite soccer players? And who are some of your current favorites to watch?
Amy: Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm were my favorites growing up. My favorites now would have to be Lionel Messi and Robin Van Persie.
2. A lot of young players have a hard time communicating on the field. What are some good tips that you've learned over the years in terms of being vocal with teammates during a game?
Amy: I'm usually very vocal since that's in my nature. However, if you're not vocal, it's one of the easiest ways to help your team out on the field.
Sometimes if I'm not able to physically be involved in the play, I try to be vocally involved. For example, if my teammate has a "man on" or if my teammate has a mark that they don't see coming, I'm able to help them out by communicating with them.
3. Just how important is your preparation off the field (eating right, getting enough sleep, etc.) as a professional player?
Amy: Every little thing I do off the field affects me on the field. Diet, nutrition, and lifestyle are all a part of that.
If I can do as many helpful things off the field, such as taking my vitamins, getting enough sleep, and eating good healthy foods, it's only going to make me better on the field. And as a professional, I need to make sure that I'm better than my opponent in every way.
4. What are some things that you do to get mentally prepared for a game?
Amy: I like to relax and take it easy before a game. I don't let stress or pressure get to me, because when I'm calm and confident, that's when I play my best.
5. What is the best piece of advice that you've received throughout your career?
Amy: Very tough question. I've had several people give me great advice throughout my career. A quote that I really like is "don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."
There have been times where I haven't played well, or I didn't think I was going to make the team, but I kept pushing through and I gave it my best shot.
If I had let that fear get to me, I'd be sitting on my couch watching the World Cup, instead of playing in it.