w/ U-20 WNT goalkeeper Kelsey Davis
With so many youth national team players, this section gives you an inside look into just who they are.
National Team(s): U-20 WNT, U-19 WNT, U-17 WNT, U-16 GNT
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
College: UCLA (Freshman)
U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Goalkeeper Kelsey Davis is no stranger to playing with U.S. National Teams, having been a member of youth teams since she was 16-years-old. But the Southern California girl isn’t complacent about being on the squad and truly values the relationships she’s formed with her teammates, which we guess can happen when you’re winning CONCACAF championships and climbing Aztec ruins with 20 of your closest friends…
In the Spotlight
1. When did you get invited into your first camp? What was your reaction?
I got called up when I was, I believe, 14, for the Under-16 National Team. I was playing up a year. I was pretty excited because it’s something that I’ve always dreamt about, being on the full team. It was the first step towards that dream. I was pretty nervous and excited. That was pretty much my reaction.
2. What did you learn most in your first national team camp?
That was a long time ago but just being consistently in camp since then over the last couple of years has really helped me mature a lot as a soccer player and, I think, as a person. You’re surrounded by the most elite athletes and coaches in the country and I’ve made a lot of really strong relationships with the girls over the past couple years. How to be professional in a soccer situation on and off the field, I think, is the biggest thing I’ve learned.
3. What’s your best soccer moment?
Actually, it just happened. In Mexico for the qualifiers for the U-20 World Championships, as a team, we went to these Aztec ruins. Eight or nine of us ended up climbing up this huge mountain. We kind of did it on our own, and it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. Making memories with those girls in Mexico, maybe just because it was the most recent trip but, it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had soccer-wise, and just off the field, with the team and with the coaches, it was a lot of fun.
4. Who’s your favorite U.S. National Team player and why?
I really looked up to Michelle Akers a lot, as a player and as a person, and just what she stood for and her work ethic.
5. Do you have a favorite current national team player?
Stephanie Lopez. She’s one of my best friends, so if you add that, she’s going to be excited. Steph is just one of the most incredible people that I’ve ever met. She’s an amazing soccer player but, as a person, she’s extremely caring and compassionate, a great role model for her peers and girls that are up and coming in this sport.
6. What influenced your decision to go to UCLA?
Well, Southern California has amazing weather. I really connect with the girls here on the team and our coaching staff is one of the best in the country. I think, overall, it’s just a great program and a great school.
7. What type of music do you listen to, and do you have a favorite band?
I listen to a very wide variety of music but I like a lot of “chill music,” like a Jack Johnson sort of sound. My two favorite bands are Relient K and Mae.
8. What kind of movies do you like to watch?
I try to stay away from scary movies. I get scared really easily. I like action and I like love stories. The Notebook is my favorite movie.
9. Favorite soccer team in the world and why?
I’d say that I’m a Manchester United fan. I love English Premier League soccer.
10. What’s your favorite thing to do or your favorite place to hang out?
I’m pretty involved with my church. I love to surf and hang out with friends. I’m learning to play guitar, so that’s kind of where I’m at right now.
11. There’s so much diversity in Southern California. If someone was to visit the area, what would you recommend that they do?
I would say the best thing that I’ve found that I like to do, if you’re in the L.A. and Santa Monica area, is to go to Third Street in Santa Monica. There are a lot of shops. It’s a cool place to hang out. There are a lot of street performers and a lot of interesting people to watch. And the beach is right there too, so it’s pretty cool.
12. If, for one day, you didn’t have to think about what you were eating, what would you eat? Where would you go?
Oh my gosh. I would eat a cheeseburger from In N’ Out. Then I would have some chocolate chip cookies and apple pie. Those are my favorite things in the whole world.
13. What would you wash it all down with?
Raspberry lemonade from Chili’s.