USL Conversation

Monday June 16, 2008

USL Atlanta Silverbacks Women’s coach Tony Anglin first witnessed Lyndsey Patterson’s energy and play-making creativity last year when she faced off against the Silverbacks in the 2007 W-League semifinals, where she was the Seattle Sounder’s best in the Silverbacks’ 4-1 win. One of the University of Tennessee’s most heralded players, Patterson joined the Silverbacks for 2008 on Anglin’s urging from her hometown club to provide a midfield spark. She has certainly done her job. Roaming the right flank she has tallied three goals and two assists, earning her Best 11 honors twice. We recently sat down with her to get to learn a little more about what makes this dynamic player tick.

Atlanta Silverbacks: Full Name
Lyndsey Patterson: Lyndsey Raye Patterson.

AS: Birthday
LP: December 7, 1982.

AS: Position
LP: Outside mid slash forward.

AS: Where were you born?
LP: Tacoma, Washington.

AS: Hometown?
LP: Puyallup, Washington.

AS: Are you married?
LP: No.

AS: Any children?
LP: No.

AS: Where did you go to college?
LP: Tennessee.

AS: In what is your degree?
LP: Braodcasting.

AS: How old were you when you first played soccer?
LP: Nine.

AS: What other sports did you play?
LP: Basketball and I ran track.

AS: What’s your most memorable experience?
LP: Winning the state title for the long jump my senior year in high school.

AS: What’s your most embarrassing moment?
LP: I don’t really get embarrassed.

AS: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
LP: Washington state, somewhere.

AS: What person, living or dead, do you most admire?
LP: My sister Heather. She put herself through school and is now and unbelievable mom to two kids. I really look up to her.

AS: Who would you most like to meet?
LP: Gary Payton.

AS: Best player you have ever played with?
LP: Kayla Lockaby.

AS: Best player you’ve ever played against?
LP: Samantha Baggett

AS: How did you become a Silverback?
LP: Tony called me. I played against Atlanta in the final four last year.

AS: What’s your most memorable experience as a Silverback?
LP: Our game against Charlotte. We came together as a team and won a huge game.

AS: What’s the funniest thing you fans have done or said?
LP: The guys in Westside 109 are pretty funny.

AS: If you could have any other job, what would it be?
LP: Coach.

AS: Would you rather read a book or watch television?
LP: Lately, read a book, but usually, watch TV.

AS: Who’s your favorite author?
LP: James Patterson.

AS: Favorite actor?
LP: Julia Roberts.

AS: Favorite fictional character?
LP: Spiderman.

AS: Who is your favorite musician or band?
LP: Alicia Keys.

AS: Best concert you have ever seen?
LP: Sarah McLachlan.

AS: What did you have for dinner last night?
LP: Grilled chicken sandwich from Wendy’s.

AS: Would you rather cook or eat out?
LP: Eat out. I can’t cook.

AS: Do you have any pre-match rituals?
LP: During the national anthem I say a little prayer.

AS: What do you like to do after games?
LP: Go out to eat.

AS: Global warming, myth or mayhem?
LP: Mayhem.

AS: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be?
LP:  Being able to make decisions better.

What do you think you’ll do when you are finished playing?
LP: Coach, and I’ll figure out the rest.

AS: What’s the first thing you will do at the end of the season?
LP: Probably go to Tampa to visit my family there.

AS: What are you doing after this interview?
LP: I’m going to go eat and take a nap before practice.