“I’m literally, like, having a f**king blast.”
That is Meghan Klingenberg’s one-line, headliner self-assessment of her successful 2021 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup, which ended on Saturday with her Portland Thorns FC side lifting the first trophy of the new season.
Klingenberg is an established veteran with the Thorns and a World Cup champion with the United States (remember that goal-line clearance against Sweden in 2015?). As much as she is a known entity to anyone following the sport over the past decade, the 32-year-old’s play thus far this year has been among her best to date.
“I’m just having fun guys,” Klingenberg said first in her postgame press conference on Saturday. “That’s all it is for me. My purpose on the Thorns is to be joy incarnate and run around and connect with my teammates and pursue mastery. That’s it for me. Those are the things that I want to do.”
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