Postcard from Costa Rica: Kaysie Clark
Every so often when the U.S. Women’s National Team plays out of the country, a player will write an e-postcard, filling in the fans back home on the happenings of the team, off field activities, and anything else on their mind. Today, 16-year-old U.S. U-17 WNT midfielder Kaysie Clark fills us in on some team pranks, her new nickname and how she is going to become one with her ultimate self.
What’s up? Kaysie Clark here in San Jose, Costa Rica, and I’d like to tell you what’s been going on with the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team.
We’ve played three great games so far, and now we are really looking forward to the semifinal match because if we can win, we’re in, and I’m talking about the U-17 Women’s World Cup. On the field, we’ve been very focused and hard-working, and I’m proud of the team for the performance so far, but off the field we’ve been having more than our share of fun.
It seems that this team loves its pranks. I would say that on the prank scale, I’m just the one who sits and laughs at everyone else. I don’t really plan the pranks and I don’t get pranked, I just really enjoy when my teammates get it.
The best one so far was probably when Olivia Brannon and Havana Solaun caught a small lizard in their room and put it into Morgan Brian’s retainer case. Luckily for all of us, it escaped from the case before Miss Morgan (our nickname for her) opened it because we all would have been in BIG trouble had that prank worked to perfection. We found out after that Morgan is REALLY afraid of lizards. Whoops!
The goofiest girl on the team has to be Cari Roccaro. She’s from Long Island and she’s just super funny. The kid carries around Carmex all the time and I think she’s addicted to it. She also aspires to be a super model. If this soccer thing doesn’t work out and she grows four inches, she just might make it. She’s also the best at making up nicknames for all of us. My most recent one, which seems to have unfortunately caught on, is Dilla.
Let’s see if we can trace the evolution of this nickname. Please, if you will, take a trip inside the teenage mind of Cari Roccaro.
So, my name is Kaysie, pronounced K.C.
That went to Queso, as in Spanish for cheese.
From Queso it went to Quesadilla, the most tasty Mexican entrée (if you ask me), from there it was shortened to just Dilla. As in, rhymes with Thrilla and Vanilla.
Now all the girls call me Dilla on the field. I guess I’ve got it for good.
Since it’s been so hot down here in Costa Rica and since we haven’t had a lot of rest between games, we’ve been really focusing on our recovery, treatments and preparation. We’ve been doing a lot of yoga-style stretching with our trainer Elysia, taking a lot of ice baths in the pool or our rooms and we’ve also been doing meditation. We call it “finding our guide.” It’s basically relaxation with visualization about what kind of player we want to be and we’re really embracing it.
Before I sign off, I have to say hi to my BFFs back in Liberty, Mo. Even though we are having a great time down here, I miss you Maddie, my sister Kaitlyn, mom, dad and all my friends. I’ll be home shortly, hopefully with a World Cup berth, and we can go Sheridan’s Frozen Custards for some chocolate with strawberries on top!
Thanks for reading my postcard.