Looking to the Future: Sydney Miramontez
By Rachel Gaylor
On August 1, 2017, Sydney Miramontez was an unsigned practice player for FC Kansas City. On September 9, 2017, she took the field next to veterans like Becky Sauerbrunn and Nicole Barnhart for her third start of the season - this time at right back and not her natural center back position. If you watched her play for the first time, you wouldn’t be able to tell that she was out of place.
The Lenexa, KS native finished her soccer career at the University of Nebraska in 2016 and had been practicing with the team all summer. That time and hard work paid off when the team signed her to a contract on August 2nd. She earned her first start two days later as Sauerbrunn finished international duty and assisted her first goal that same match.
This week, as defender Brittany Taylor was out-of-town for her wedding, Miramontez answered the call from coach Vlatko Andonovski and slid over to fill Taylor’s slot. Miramontez’s vision of the field was clear and she helped to create several opportunities for her teammates.
She also stood strong when asked to defend Chicago’s attacking power of Christen Press and Yuki Nagasato, contributing to a defense that only allowed three shots on goal the whole game.
Miramontez almost had her second career assist late in the second-half when she took a corner kick that found its way right to teammate Maegan Kelly’s head, but the Chicago goalkeeper came up with the save.
The 22 year-old may still be learning the ins-and-outs of being a professional athlete, but if these past six weeks have shown anything, it’s that she will do whatever it takes to help this team.
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