USWNT’s Jess McDonald on pressures of being a female athlete

    USWNT and NWSL Jess McDonald spoke exclusively to 90min about the inherent pressures of being a female athlete and experiencing peak international stardom during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

    McDonald began her career with the Chicago Red Stars in 2010 prior to signing with Melbourne Victory FC in the Australian W-League. She recorded 13 appearances with the Australian side, scoring seven goals to inspire a Grand Final run. She returned to the NWSL in 2014 to feature for Portland Thorns, and then played for Houston Dash and Western New York Flash before landing with the North Carolina Courage.

    In a partnership with Always, McDonald has made it her mission to encourage girls to stay active and gain confidence by promoting her journey as a female athlete.

    Having started with the Red Stars in 2010 before going abroad and now returning to the NWSL to play with the North Carolina Courage, how have you seen women’s football develop and progress over the last decade?

    It has been so cool to be a part of the whole development of women’s professional soccer. Seeing the W-League when I was in Australia at the end of the 2012/13 season to now seeing the incredible players going down there to improve the competition level. It’s getting better and better every year. As you can see in the Olympics and World Cup, it’s not so easy anymore for the USWNT, everyone is caught up and the competition has been really good in developing globally.

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