Meghan Kligenberg, the Boston Breaker midfielder takes some time out of her busy class schedule to chat with us. The 2010 NSCAA All American talks about what she has been up to lately, her 2011 WPS season and we learn some fun facts as always.
Pitchside Report Announcement: We’re excited to announce that Meghan Klingenberg has joined the Pitchside Report team as a impromptu guest blogger and you will see updates from her sporadically as she is currently back in school finishing up her degree. Make sure you come back and check out her entries!
Nell: The last time you and I spoke I asked you about your goals for 2011 and one of them was to go back to school and earn your degree in business. It looks like you’re doing just that. Talk to us about what you’ve been up to.
Meghan Klingenberg: Yes, earning my degree is one of the most important goals on my list this year. I know that there are things that I want to do after soccer is over that will require a degree, so I’m plugging away down south trying to earn my BSBA. Other than the rude awakening that school wasn’t as easy as I remember it being, I’m enjoying every bit of my last semester. I’m trying to take advantage of the things that I didn’t get to do while I was too busy playing soccer like attending our outdoor theatre productions, scoring pick up games with the locals, and getting more involved in school activities.
Nell: I understand you’re also trying out a new adventure. You’ve gotten involved with soccer at UNC in a different way… and from what I understand you’re quite good at it. What is it that you’ve been doing for UNC Soccer?
Meghan Klingenberg: Ah yes! You are looking at the newest addition of the Tar Heels coaching staff. Official title, undergraduate assistant. It’s really quite interesting (and frustrating) taking on the college soccer world from a coaching standpoint. What a challenge it has been watching from the sidelines of Fetzer, but I’ve also found it to be rewarding because I can offer insight to current players who want to make the pro league someday.
Nell: Let’s talk about your wrist. Boston played magicJack during the first round of the WPS playoffs. You collided with Tina Ellertson. Walk us through what happened and your immediate thoughts? When will the cast come off? I’m willing to bet you can’t wait.
Meghan Klingenberg: Honestly, I have absolutely no idea how it happened. All I know is that I was in behind their backs…. and then I wasn’t. My immediate thoughts were, “OMGosh, this friggin’ hurts!” It was unfortunate because it was the last game of the season and was quite important, but I’m hoping to get my cast off this Friday. and That’s OK with me. I’m stoked to be getting my cast off. You wouldn’t believe the weight imbalance this thing causes.
Nell: Favorite part of the WPS break so far?
Meghan Klingenberg: I’m happy to be back in Chapel Hill. It’s my favorite place in the world and it’s filled with people I love to be around. That is by far my favorite part.
Nell: Let’s talk about the season. What were the key moments for you? Would you say one was the trade? Another maybe making the first round of the playoffs?
Meghan Klingenberg: One of the highlights that really sticks out for me is the goal I scored against MJ right after I was traded. I wasn’t playing down in FL and knew I could contribute on the field elsewhere, so it was a good move for both MJ and myself. They didn’t see me fitting into their line-up and I was happy to end up in Boston with Tony who I think is one of the best coaches I’ve ever played for. Being able to play, and being able to produce was just icing on the cake. This season was a learning experience and I’m glad I went through it.
Nell: What are you looking forward to the most next season?
Meghan Klingenberg: Looking forward to doing it all over again with the addition of a WPS Championship.
Nell: Some fun facts:
Favorite Dessert: Heavens (two mini milky ways wrapped inside a crescent roll w/ powdered sugar on top. Bake at 400 until golden brown. You’ll thank me) and apple pie.
Favorite Book: Gone with the Wind, Harry Potter, Jane Eyre, Hunger Games, The Talent Code
Do you have any tattoos? Heck no! I’m not hardcore enough for ink.
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