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 into soccer here.
Taylor Lytle was a member of Sky Blue FC from 2013 to 2017. After a trade, she is now a member of the new Utah Royals.
Birthdate: March 31,1989
Nickname from teammates: Tay, Tay Tay, T, Little One
Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Age started playing: 6 years old, my first team was called the Rowdy Magic, it was a mixed team with boys and girls. Everyone’s dad helped out because no one really knew how to coach 6-year-olds or soccer!
College/major: Texas Tech University, and my major was Animal Science (pre-vet).
Career aspirations after soccer: I would love to do something with animals, maybe work at a vet clinic or a zoo.
Why did you pick your particular uniform number?: I was number 12 in college, but when I started playing for Sky Blue, 12 wasn’t available. So I decided to be 6 because it was half of 12, haha.
Pregame meal: My normal pregame meal is chicken, rice, and some sort of veggies. I usually eat some fruit as well.
Workout music: When I am doing longer runs, I listen to hip hop/pop music because the beat helps me. When I am lifting I listen to country music. It calms me down and just lets me focus on what I am doing.
Favorite cartoon character: Growing up I really liked Tweety. He was so tiny and cute and mischievous.
Fave movie: I am from the Southwest, so I grew up watching westerns, and my favorite one is Tombstone. I also enjoy any Disney movie, and Beauty and the Beast is probably my favorite.
Face actress: Sandra Bullock. She can do funny and serious and all her movies are great!
Hidden talent: I’m double-jointed in my arms.
Mentor: My college coach, Tom Stone.
Fave charity/cause: I love animals, so I am really into helping out Humane Societies or SPCAs. My roommates and I fostered a dog this year until she got adopted, and there are so many wonderful doggies out there in shelters that people really should adopt and not shop.
Life motto: Let Go, Let God.
Superstitions: I don’t really have any. I know that a lot of athletes do, but I don’t.
Pets: I have a pit bull. He is 11 and his name is Savian. He is 100 pounds of muscle and love! Sweetest dog I know!
Amazing Race teammate: My best friend Kelsey. She has traveled a lot and is very competitive, smart, and can always make the best out of any situation. She is also hilarious, so the adventure with her would be entertaining.