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Up Close: North Carolina Courage forward Jess McDonald

McDonald has been a mainstay in the Courage front line, notching four goals and three assists so far this season (photo copyright Lewis Gettier)

Jess McDonald would not have it any other way…talking to me on the phone about her life as a professional soccer player as she sits in a fort watching Shrek with her six year old son. She can’t imagine herself being anywhere but there in that exact moment. The North Carolina Courage forward, who’s team is 11 points clear at the top of the NWSL table, has made North Carolina her home over the last two seasons. I spoke with the NWSL’s second all-time leading leading goal scorer this week about her journey in both soccer and in life.

Hannah Kronick: How did you first get started playing soccer?

Jess McDonald: Just like everybody else, I started playing when I was about five years old. I played on an all boys team and was the only girl on the team. I played with a couple of my cousins who were a year or two older than me and my brother on that team as well…

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