Tuesday night I was given the opportunity of a lifetime. I was able to cover the SheBelives Cup for BacklineSoccer.com. The first game was England vs. Germany followed by France and the United States.
When I got to the stadium, I picked up my press pass and headed up to find my seat in the press box. When I got there, I found out that I was sitting in between officials from the German National Team’s press core and a member from the German Embassy.
The first match was back and forth, with no team really creating many quality opportunities. Germany scored right before halftime and would eventually win 1-0 thanks to that goal.
After that, the US and France faced off for a shot at winning the SheBelieves Cup. France came out pressing hard and would eventually win the game by a score of 3-0. If you want to check out my article on the match, you can find it here.
I am really glad that I got to sit up in the press box because the weather was not good. It was a driving rainstorm the whole time, so being in the dry press box was very nice.
After the game, we watched the trophy ceremony before heading below the stadium to interview the coaches and players. The room we interviewed US head coach Jill Ellis in was very tiny and cold, but it was nice to be so close to her.
Once Ellis’s press conference was done, we headed out to the hallway where a mixed zone was set up for the media to interview the players. Because this was a big tournament, members of the French media were also in attendance. Listening to them interview players in French was very cool.
All in all, I got to interview around ten players, both French and American. It was a really amazing experience to be so close to players I have grown up watching.
This experience was unlike anything I’ve ever done before. Thank you to everyone who was involved in this day because it was a wonderful time.
Until next time,