Interviews with Emma: McKenzie Meehan

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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.


McKenzie Meehan is in her second season with Sky Blue FC. She was the 23rd overall pick in the 2017 draft.

Birthdate: 12/25/1994… My twin sister and I were born a month early on Christmas morning!

Nickname from teammates: Kenz or Kenzie

Hometown: Glocester, RI

Age started playing: I started playing with my sister in Smithfield, RI when we were six.

College/major: Boston College; majored in economics for my undergraduate degree and finance for my MBA

Career aspirations after soccer: I’m definitely still undecided, but I think it would be cool to work within the business side of the sports industry.

Why did you pick your particular uniform #: My dad wore #2 when he played college hockey at Yale University. He passed away while I was in college, so when I had the opportunity to be #2 for Sky Blue FC, I thought it would be a great honor.

Pregame meal: I like to eat chicken, pasta or rice, and fruit or a smoothie.

Workout music: Top 40/Pop but I like a bit of everything.

Favorite cartoon character: Tweety and Goofy

Fave movie: Pursuit of Happiness, The Blind Side

Fave actress: Jennifer Aniston

Hidden talent: Umm nothing really! I can do handstands

Mentor (in soccer or life): My mom

Fave charity/cause: Special Olympics and Make-A-Wish Foundation

Life motto: Enjoy the journey

Superstitions: I don’t really have many superstitions compared to when I was younger, but I like to juggle before warm-up to get focused and I like to do a few jumps before the game starts to loosen up.

Pets: None currently, but I grew up with two cats named Nora and Oreo.

If you were going on Amazing Race, which teammate would you want as a partner, and why? Hmm, I would probably choose Katie Johnson because even though we’re very competitive, I think we’d still be able to have a lot of fun!

If you had your own reality show, what would it be called? I have no idea because I would never want to have a reality tv show!

Image courtesy of Leanne Keator