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.
Lindsay Agnew is a forward for the Houston Dash, after spending a season with the Washington Spirit. She is also a member of the Canadian National team.
March 31, 1995
Nickname from teammates:
Confusing question for me. I was born in Kingston, Ontario (Canada) and then moved a few times. I went to high-school in Dublin, Ohio, and now my parents (kind of) live in Florida.
Age started playing:
3 years old
Ohio State University. I majored in Sustainability in Business. GO BUCKS!
Career aspirations after soccer:
I would like to work for a business, preferably doing something that is focused on their environmental impact or social responsibility. Eventually, I would like to be a professor for a university. Also, I would like to be a mom and raise a family.
Why did you pick your uniform number:
I picked 8 because my dad used to wear 8 when he played college hockey. Also, 8 is great :). I wore 8 when I was younger and then switched to 20 (my other favorite number) when I moved teams for my high school and college years. Then, 20 was taken when I joined the Spirit, so I went back to my roots and wore 8 again for my rookie year. I am not sure what I am wearing for Houston yet, but I wear 22 for Canada.
Pasta with feta cheese and fruit.
I like all music, but when I work out, I am pretty basic and like the top 40 stuff. I really like upbeat songs with good lyrics that keep me going when I get tired in my workout.
Favorite cartoon character:
Woody from Toy Story.
Remember the Titans.
Playing the cello and talking with my mouth closed.
Mentor (in soccer or life):
My dad, mom, and brother. Whenever I make a major decision, I always get their opinions. They are my biggest supporters and advocates and always help me through tough times. My dad is a professional hockey coach, and has switched teams a few times as well, so we always joke that we are always Team Agnew first. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
That is a tough one, because there are a lot of great charities, but I would say either Soles for Souls, Run the Race, or Athletes for Hope.
“If it is to be, it is up to me.” (The 10 most powerful two-letter words in the English language)
I used to have a ton of superstitions, and I mean a ton… to the point where it was exhausting. However, now, I would say it has narrowed down to the songs I listen to before the game and the timing of my meals.
I don’t have any pets right now. I had a bunny for almost 12 years who ran around our house like a dog. He was litter-trained and would beg for Cheerios in the morning. His name was Shadow, but he passed away my senior year of high school and I haven’t had another pet since, although my sophomore year of college, a stray cat showed up to our door one day and we used to feed it. We called him Penny—yes, him, we didn’t know he was a boy when we named him.
If you were going on Amazing Race, which teammate would you want as a partner, and why?
I was just traded, but from my new team, Nichelle Prince. We have been best friends since I was 16 and have played soccer on five teams together. She is calm, composed, competitive, and fast and we never fight, so I think we would make a good team. We also travelled Europe this past December and it was practically the Amazing Race, so we also have a practice round under our belt.
If you had your own reality show, what would you call it?
“Figuring it out #FIO” or “LA Life”.