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Lee's Summit Native Kicking Her Way To...
Lee's Summit Native Kicking Her Way To Meeting Career Goals
July 12, 2014
By Fred Liggett
Area soccer fans have been glued to the television coverage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Many of these fans not only love their soccer but also are happy to see Kansas City native Matt Besler playing for the USA team. While Besler, a Sporting KC defender, proudly represents KC in his pro career, so does another local soccer standout for FC Kansas City Blues.
This standout is Lee's Summit native Morgan Marlborough, who is currently enjoying her rookie season with the NWSL franchise. FC Kansas City Blues, now in their second season in the National Women's Soccer League, play all of their home games at Durwood Stadium on the UMKC Campus.
Marlborough's family, friends, and fans fill up the stands to show support for the first year star that was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2014 NWSL draft.
On a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon, at a recent home match vs. Houston, when Marlborough entered the action in the 81st minute, there was a noticeable increase in applause to greet her.
Playing in front of family and friends is new to Marlborough who excelled in college at Santa Clara University in California and Nebraska. Marlborough has also spent time playing for the U23 US women's national team.
"I like having their support, I went away for school but I'm real close to my family so having them at every game really means a lot," Marlborough said. "The level of competition everyday in practice and in the games is a challenge and a lot of fun."
Having women's pro soccer in Kansas City is a luxury past players did not have. Marlborough is happy because growing up she did not think to play pro soccer. When other leagues folded she just thought that she would go overseas to play soccer.
“This league is perfect and to play in my hometown is a dream come true,” Marlborough
Marlborough's goals for the 2014 season are simple: step on the field whenever she can and to help the team in any way possible.
On playing for coach Vlatko Andonovski, the NWSL coach of the year in the league's inaugural season, Marlborough states that she has had a good experience playing for him so far.
"He really knows a lot about the game and I'm really lucky to play for him," Marlborough said.
Speaking of coaches, Marlborough is quick to give credit to her coaches here in Lee's Summit who helped her along the way, including Tim Richardson, Hue Williams, and Mike Safe.
"Every single coach has had a special hand in me becoming the player that I am today," Marlborough said.
For any future players in Lee's Summit who may want to follow in Marlborough's footsteps she simply said, "Just follow your dreams. It takes a lot of hard work and extra effort, but if you are willing to do that, you can accomplish anything you want."
If you wish to see what Marlborough accomplishes next on the soccer field, the Blues will return home for a match on Sunday, July 27th with a 5:05 p.m. game time.
FC-Kansas City is currently in second place with an overall record of 10-4-3. They have won their last eight games, six of them by shutout.
For more on Marlborough and her teammates you can log onto www.fckansascity.com.
U.S. Department of State’s Youth Leadership Program