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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.


We move from our last interview with Ashley Hatch who has one year of professional experience, to a player with quite a bit more, Yael Averbuch. Yael has been a member of Sky Blue FC, the Washington Spirit, Western New York Flash, FC Kansas City (now Utah Royals) and now the Seattle Reign as well as playing in Russia & Sweden. 

Birthdate: 11/3/86

Nickname from teammates: YaYa

Hometown: Upper Montclair, NJ

Age started playing: 7

College/major: UNC, psychology

Career aspirations after soccer: Continue to grow the business I started, Techne Futbol. And help influence player development on a larger scale.

Why did you pick your particular uniform #: Well, Sydney Leroux actually asked me if she could have my old number (14) to have the same number as her husband Dom Dwyer. So I said yes and #10 was an open number so I took it!

Pregame meal: I love eating breakfast as a pregame meal. So, toast, eggs, fruit and yogurt!

Workout music: old school techno

Favorite cartoon character: Cat Dog

Fave movie: Remember the Titans

Fave actress: Keira Knightly

Hidden talent: I can rap a couple really fast Busta Rhymes songs, shhhhh

Mentor (in soccer or life): my dad

Fave charity/cause: To Write Love on Her Arms

Life motto: Pursue your dreams with every ounce of your being, and above all, love the journey.

Superstitions: I try to avoid them because I get VERY superstitious when I start

Pets: a dog named Ajax

If you were going on Amazing Race, which teammate would you want as a partner, and why? Becky Sauerbrunn because she’s as crazy/competitive as me if not more.