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UP CLOSE: Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan

At only 12 years old, Sky Blue FC and Canadian international goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan knew what path she wanted to get on to become one of the best soccer players in the world. When she first started playing, the idea of playing on the same field with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo was on her radar! Fast forward 10 years, the 22-year old holds the starting goalkeeping spot at her NJ NWSL side and has seen time over the last two years with the senior Canadian WNT. But, she’s nowhere near done! This week, I talked with Sheridan about her start in soccer, her journey to today (hint: when she was being recruited by Clemson, she had no idea where it was), and how soccer will always remain part of her future.

Hannah Kronick: Even though you guys are just one game in, but how are things in NJ so far this season under new head coach Denise Reddy?

Kailen Sheridan: It’s been a big change. Coming in fresh again and starting from scratch is how it feels since we have a lot of new players and like you said, a new coaching staff and a new outlook on how we want the team to look and perform this year. Honestly, it’s been a very tough preseason. It’s still been tough even through the first game. I think in the long run, it’s going to really pay off.

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