Interviews with Emma: Beverly Yanez

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Emma Bayer is an 11 year old who will be doing a recurring interview series for Backline Soccer. You can find more out about how Emma got in to soccer here.


When I first got to know Bev, her last name was Goebel. She married Othaniel Yanez in 2012. She has played for the Washington Freedom, Western New York Flash, and currently for the Seattle Reign. She has also played professionally in Australia, Finland and Japan. Bev is always smiling!  Here are a few facts about her:

Birthdate: July 19, 1988

Nickname from teammates: Bev

Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA

Age started playing: 5 years old

College/major: University of Miami, FL. Sports Administration

Career aspirations after soccer: To be a soccer coach and implement more tactics in youth soccer in America.

Why did you pick your particular uniform number: When I went to Japan three years ago, I learned a very technical and tactical style of soccer. My teammates were so kind and patient in teaching me this style. I was continually growing in so many aspects of my game and had a breakthrough year. I was given #17 from the club that year. After my breakthrough year, I stuck with the number. It was a new me and one that I was so proud of!

Pregame meal: Nuzest protein smoothie, and many carbs!

Workout music: Anything that Russ sings

Favorite cartoon character: Spongebob

Fave movie: The Mask

Fave actress: I don’t have one 🙁

Hidden talent: Wish I had one, but I thought long and hard and could not think of anything 🙁

Mentor (in soccer or life): My husband and parents! Always supporting me and inspiring me to be the best player and person I can be.

Fave charity/cause: Austen Everett Foundation 

Life motto: Treat others the way you want to be treated

Superstitions: I do not have any.

Pets: Love dogs! But don’t have any pets currently. My favorite dogs are pugs!

If you were going on Amazing Race, which teammate would you want as a partner, and why?: Naho Kawasumi because she is so smart and can make anything work with her positive attitude.

You can find Bev’s Twitter here.   

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