YNT May 6, 2012
The soccer backpack. An indispensable piece of equipment for all youth soccer players in the USA. There’s no end to what you can put in it in order to be totally prepared for a game or a practice.
U.S. U-17 WNT defender Gabbi Mirandi certainly does stuff her backpack full of stuff. According to high school junior from Highlands Ranch, Colo., she always has two pairs of cleats, shin guards, extra shorts and a shirt, sliders, pre-wrap and tape, sun block, chap stick, tissues, Advil, hair ties, bobby pins and of course snacks. Lots of snacks.
But she also seems to put quite a few things ON her backpack.
We asked her to give us a tour. So let’s play: What’s On Gabbi’s Backpack?
· Kwik Goal lanyards with multiple credentials from Home Depot Center training camps
· Key chains from China, England, France and Japan that she got from playing against those teams with the U-17s (she used to have a Holland one but if fell off).
· A UCLA key chain (she’s committed to the Bruins for 2013)
· A #7 volleyball key chain (she used to play club volleyball)
· A key chain that says “Brunettes have more fun.” She swears they do.
· A key chain that says “Everyone loves a soccer player.”
· She also has a few, to quote Gabbi, “girlie ribbons that I would never wear in my hair but they look cute on my back-pack. I have green and zebra-print.”
· A case with her head phones to listen to her tunes.
We’re thinking if she puts anything more IN or ON her backpack, the airline might start charging over-sized bag fees when she travels.