Perez Realizes Her Dream Of Playing Pro Soccer

March 17, 2010

By Nathan Mollat
San Mateo Daily Journal Staff

When Veronica Perez's phone rang Jan. 15, it was the culmination of a long-time dream: She was informed she was drafted with the 37th pick by St. Louis Athletica of Womens' Professional Soccer.

A product of Crystal Springs Uplands School and the University of Washington -- where she was the Husky's team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year her junior and senior seasons -- Perez's goal was to become a professional soccer player.

Now that she was drafted, the work began to make the team. Saturday, she was told that she, indeed, made the cut and begins her rookie campaign April 11 when Athletica hosts the Bay Area's FC Gold Pride.

'I had a feeling I would be drafted, but there's always that doubt,' said Perez, 21, an attacking midfielder and striker. 'I didn't want to put a lot of pressure on myself, but I felt I had a good chance.'

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