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Interview with former WPS player, Christie Shaner

Christie Shaner is a defender who played for Los Angeles Sol of Women's Professional Soccer. Shaner was drafted by Sky Blue FC in the 2009 WPS Draft. She appeared in two games for Sky Blue before being traded to Los Angeles Sol. On her Sol debut, she sustained a season ending leg fracture from Abby Wambach. Shaner spent the 2010 season playing for two Los Angeles clubs, Pali Blues of the USL-W League and Ajax America Women of the WPSL She received All-W-League honors and helped Ajax reach the WPSL's final four. Shaner has appeared in television spots including a commercial for Chevrolet and on the Kendra Wilkenson show on E Entertainment Television. Shaner is currently an assistant soccer coach, is pursuing a career in modeling and acting, and is also a personal trainer.

Where did you play High School and College Soccer?

I played High School soccer for Germantown Academy, a small private school in Pennsylvania. I went on to play at the University of Notre Dame.

When and how did you turn pro?

After graduating college in 2007 I continued playing semi-professional soccer, since at the time there was no existing professional league. Is wasn't until December of 2008 that there was a invitational only combine held in Florida that I attended.  In January of 2009, there was a draft held at the NSCAA soccer convention in St. Louis, Missouri. It was there that I was selected 25th pick overall to play for New Jersey Sky Blue.  It was later on in the 2009 season that I got traded to the Los Angeles Sol.

What was it like playing with such soccer icons as Marta and Shannon Boxx?

It was an unbelievable experience getting to play with some of the best players in the world such as United States National Team player, Shannon Boxx and Brazilian, FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta de Silva. Not only did they bring so much experience to the field, but they also push every individual on the field to become a better player.

With the Sol, you sustained a major injury. How did you overcome it?

While playing with the Sol I suffered a broken leg (tibia and fibula) in a match against the Washington, Freedom.  It was an unexpected injury, however, injuries are always a part of the game.  The hardest part of the recovery process was watching my team play, when all I wanted to do was be out on the field running around. Mentally I had to stay positive and not let my emotions get the best of me. I had been through previous surgeries (acl recovery, and 2 meniscus surgeries) so I knew what to expect in terms of recovery time and the effort that I was going to have to put into making sure I would have a full recovery. It was just a matter of execution.

What advice can you give to girls who want to play in college and beyond?

My best advice for girls who are currently playing soccer with hopes of going on to play collegiately and maybe beyond... is to learn how to deal with adversity. There will be times when we may play out of position, referees make bad decisions, and injuries may occur, however, the players who are able to rise above are those who will be most successful.



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