– Everyone thinks it’s like
rainbows and butterflies and bells and whistles and,
“Look at all this glam,” and, you know, it’s so
luxurious. “They’re on a charter and they’re doing this and
that, and they’re in a parade, and going to the ESPYs.” And it’s like…. – I flew back in a middle seat… – Yeah. – … from the ESPYs. – And it’s like…. That’s not real life.
– That’s our reality. – That’s not real life. Real life is waking up and
showing up for our team…. – Yep.
– … and putting in the work in order to have, you know,
a possible first-class seat every so often.
– Yeah. – We have been living a fairy tale, but that’s definitely not reality. – Reality is trying to
get people in the seats. – Mm-hmm. – The reality is when we
play with the national team we play in front of 60,000 people, and when we play in the NWSL
we play in front of 3,000 on a good day. You know, when you think
about woman’s soccer you only think about it on
the international stage, which is a problem. When you think of men’s soccer,
you think of the Liverpools and the Chelseas and all
these great club teams. So I just think for us to continue to grow we have to build a massive
culture around these club teams that are in our backyard,
because it’s important to create the visibility. It’s important to, you
know, have young girls see women in powerful positions
doing incredible things. I didn’t get that as a child. I mean, I was forced to
watch what was on TV, and that was wrestling and WWE.
And Hulk Hogan was the man, and Shaquille O’Neal. And those people didn’t look like me, you know? And it was … I didn’t
have heroes in my sport. We need people like us. It just would be a shame
to not have this around for my kids – to have
this type of visibility, to have such incredible, impactful women that they can look up to,
besides the Serena Williams and, you know, your really
top, top level female athletes. – I enjoy kind of breaking barriers and really having this feeling,
or sense of responsibility, to be a little bit more visible. It just, I think, has
changed our lives forever, and I just hope that
the younger generation can still have that opportunity. But the reality is a grind.
– Yeah, it’s a total grind. The reality is, we gotta
keep fighting to put people in the seats. And I really don’t
know why it’s so difficult, because we deliver time
after time after time. Women’s soccer in this
country, the foundation is built on winning. Everything we do is about winning. And we’re not gonna take no, you know? We’re not gonna … we’re
gonna kick and scream until every single person
hears us and sees us and wants to create change with us.