Women’s World Football Show, Episode 159 features exclusive interviews with Sassuolo FC center-back Grace Cutler; Australia WNT defender Alanna Kennedy; Scotland WNT defender Rachel Corsie; Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe; and Nigeria U20 striker Charity Chetachukwu Reuben.
On this episode, we focus on the ‘other side’ of playing professional football – living and playing abroad.
Imagine having a job that requires you to pick up and relocate to another country at least twice a year… forcing you to live and work in a foreign country. Many times, it’s a country you’ve never been to before, far away from family and friends, and the comforts of home.
This has become very common in the women’s game and one we’ll explore in-depth with special guests American Grace Cutler who is currently playing in Italy; Nigerian Charity Rueben who just finished up playing club football in Katzakstan; and brief chats with American Aubrey Bledsoe who is playing in Australia; and Aussie Alanna Kennedy and Scotland’s Rachel Corsie, who just finished up their NWSL season in the USA.
After stellar careers in high school and college, Grace Cutler was drafted by the Houston Dash in the 2019 NWSL College Draft. From there, it’s been a rollercoaster ride of emotions and whirl wind of life lessons.
We chat with Grace about her past year and her current challenge of playing abroad in the Italy’s Serie A with Sassuolo FC. How is she adapting, what is she learning about the game and herself, and much more! (8’)
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Alanna Kennedy & Rachel Corsie
Our friend and official ‘Post-Game Gator’ Alana “AJ” Johnson meets up with AUS/Orlando Pride defender Alanna Kennedy and SCO/Utah Royals FC defender Rachel Corsie in a post-game environment to talk about playing in the NWSL, some of their favorite places to visit, their off-the-pitch talents, and much more! (44’)
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Washington Spirit goalkeeper and 2019 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year Aubrey Bledsoe returns to the W-League this season with Sydney FC. In a recent Washington Spirit press conference we asked Aubrey about her experience in Australia, what she’s learned from playing abroad, some of the challenges being so far from home, and of course her recent call up to the USWNT. (54′)
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Charity Chetachukwu Reuben
The 18-year old star of Nigeria’s U16 WNT and U20 WNT, Charity Chetachukwu Reuben shares her experience of playing for BIIK Kazygurt in Kazakhstan, making her debut Champions League appearance, the challenges of playing abroad, her future plans, and more! (01:02′)
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Photo Courtesy of: Sassuolo FC
Original Broadcast Date: November 17, 2019
Women’s World Football Show is hosted, written, edited & produced by Patty La Bella.
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