Interviews with Emma: Angela Salem


Emma Bayer is an 11-year-old who does a recurring interview series for Backline Soccer. You can find more out about how Emma got into soccer here.

I first met Angie when she played for the Atlanta Beat in 2011. Prior to that she was with Sky Blue FC and a season in Finland. Since then: the WNY Flash, Australia league, Washington Spirit, Boston Breakers and now the Portland Thorns!



Nickname from teammates:  



Akron, OH

Age started playing:  



Francis Marion University/Psychology

Career aspirations after soccer:  

Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Why did you pick your particular uniform #:

I have always been number 6 or 26 but both those numbers were unavailable for the first time ever for Portland so I chose 36 to keep the 6 in it

Pregame meal:

Avocado Toast with Eggs

Workout music :

Anything Hip Hop

Favorite cartoon character :

Scooby Doo

Fave movie:


Fave actress:

Sandra Bullock

Mentor (in soccer or life):

Marty Beall, my college coach

Fave charity/cause:

MZ Emmers

Life motto:  

Never Give Up


Only on game days; I have to wear a head band.


None but I eventually want a pitbull

If you were going on Amazing Race, which teammate would you want as a partner, and why?

Katherine Reynolds because she’s the ultimate competitor and closest friend.

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