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Kickin’ Back with Shea Groom

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Shea Groom joins the Kickin’ Back podcast to discuss her arrival at the Houston Dash at a time when she needed a fresh start. Shea discusses why she plays with a chip on her shoulder and how that influences her tough but creative style of play, plus why the entire new-look Dash team has embraced that identity.

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Editing and production: Claire Watkins.

Here are rough timestamps of the topics Shea and I spoke about in this episode:

2:55 — Houston’s hot start at the NWSL Challenge Cup, and Groom’s secret skill that helps her focus

7:00 — How the Dash are changing their team culture and identity

15:50 — Embracing the role of being a pest to other teams

24:00 — Being drafted by hometown team FC Kansas City, mentored by top players, and playing for Vlatko Andonovski, who she has known for 15-plus years

34:00 — Texas A&M, the item she will take to her grave, and life as a diehard Kansas City Chiefs fan

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