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Up Close: Orlando Pride midfielder Dani Weatherholt

Dani Weatherholt has 12 starts through 15 appearances with the Pride this year as they continue their playoff push into the home stretch of the 2018 NWSL season. (Credit: Orlando Pride)

With five regular season games left and three points separating No. 2 from No. 5 on the NWSL table, Orlando Pride midfielder Dani Weatherholt described the rest of this season as “must-wins” for her and her teammates. The 24-year old California native has enjoyed every minute of the last three years in a Pride jersey, training in a professional environment and competing every day with some of the best players in the world. I talked to her this week about her journey to today…about how she first started in this sport, about how instrumental her four collegiate years at Santa Clara were, and where she wants to go as she continues to chase professional women’s soccer.

Hannah Kronick: How did you first start playing soccer?

Dani Weatherholt: I grew up in a family that was very athletic, so I grew up playing a lot of different sports. I really wanted to play soccer as a kid and my mom initially actually missed the sign ups for soccer. I ended up playing that whole year in my backyard with my brothers or by myself and it made my mom realize that I did really love soccer!

HK: Did you play a bunch of other sports growing up to? When did you focus in on soccer?

DW: I played soccer, softball and golf all the way through to my senior year of high school. Freshman year of high school I started to focus on soccer when…

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