Kate Deines, a Portland, Oregon native, is more than ready for the large crowds in Seattle. Deines, a recent signee of the Seattle Reign FC, has already made her debut in Seattle with her former team, the Seattle Sounders Women. Deines not only made her presence known in Seattle but also took her talent to Iceland to play for the Stjarnan Women.
Before playing in the W-League, Deines made a large impact on the success of the Washington Huskies. UW Coach Gallimore stated,”Kate is one of the most technically sound players I have seen in a long time. She is a very complete player who is extremely self-motivated to become the best. She is a proven winner on and off the field.”
So let’s welcome Kate Deines to the NWSL, shall we?
First off, congratulations on signing with Seattle Reign FC. How does it feel to know that you will be a part of the inaugural season of the NWSL?
I am beyond excited knowing I will be playing for Seattle Reign FC in the 2013 inaugural season of the NWSL. It almost seems too good to be true that I have another opportunity to pursue my professional soccer goals in the city I love!
You played with Seattle Sounders Women last year (and in previous years). What was your experience like with the team?
Although I started playing for the Seattle Sounders Women in high school, I especially loved my experience playing for the team this past spring. Despite only being semi-pro, Amy Carnell and the rest of the Sounders staff did an amazing job creating a professional atmosphere for us.
You will be playing with two of your former teammates, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe. Are you excited to have them back on your team again this year?
I am really looking forward to getting another chance to play with both Hope and Megan. They are two of the best women’s soccer players in the world and I know I am going to learn a lot from their experience and expertise once the season begins!
Seattle is known as a big soccer town. Are you looking forward to playing in the Seattle area again?
As far as I’m concerned, Seattle has the best soccer fans around! Considering how well-received the Sounders Women were this past spring and the unprecedented annual fan support of the Sounders Men, I know it’s going to be pretty special being a part of the Seattle Reign this season.
You’ve also had the opportunity to play in Iceland. What was your experience like playing with the Stjarnan Women?
After our Sounders Women season ended last year, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to play overseas in Iceland. Although I had to adapt a little to the extremely direct and physical style of Icelandic soccer, I enjoyed my short stint playing with Stjarnan FC. At the end of the day, I was just happy and thankful to be playing after the collapse of the WPS.
You are a very versatile player on the pitch, but what position do you find yourself most comfortable in?
I feel most comfortable playing anywhere down the center of the field, whether that be center midfield or center back.
What does a league like the NWSL do for women’s soccer in the United States and globally?
Having and maintaining a sustainable professional soccer league, like the NWSL, in the United States is fundamental for the future success of women’s soccer. It will help improve the competitiveness of our National Team and give our youth and collegiate players a platform to realize their long-term soccer goals.
I would personally like to thank Kate Deines for taking time out of her schedule to speak with me. Fans, make sure to follow Kate on her road to an NWSL Championship with Seattle Reign FC at @katedeines2 on Twitter. Again, a big thank you to Kate and good luck this upcoming season.