10 Questions with Addie Clarey

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You were recently nominated for Ms. Soccer Minnesota for Class AAA, describe that feeling as
being recognized as one of the top players in the state of Minnesota for your class.

  • When I got the call from Coach LaDue I knew something was up because she asked me to put her on speaker with my parents. It was a complete surprise to be honored as a finalist. This had been an individual goal I’ve had for my high school career and knew it would be extremely difficult to achieve not playing in the Twin Cities in Class AAA. I couldn’t have done it without everyone who’s played a part in helping me the last four years including Coach LaDue, my high school teammates, my club coaches and teammates and my strength coaches.

You’re getting ready to play college soccer. Where will you be playing and how did you choose that school?

  • I will be playing soccer and running track at Minnesota State University – Mankato. I was really looking for a school that would allow me to participate in both sports. The coaching staff at MSU for both soccer and track were extremely supportive. Additionally, the camaraderie between teammates and the respect they have for the coaching staff is something I didn’t experience anywhere else. The family culture they’ve built is something that stood out and I’m so excited to be a part of.

What aspect of training or coaching has helped you improve as an individual player?

  • I think when you’re young, there is so much focus on the technical part of the game. What helped me improve is to learn to love the tactical part of the game. I enjoy picking my own mind on different ways either I can score or helping my teammates score by seeing new passing lanes or understanding the dynamic of the defense.

What aspect of training or coaching has helped you improve as a team player?

  • My high school coach expected me to be a leader on the field. She taught me that as a leader, my team needs to know they can trust me. I built that respect by treating them with dignity, respect, and letting them know that they are each valuable and helped my teammates understand their role on the team.

How did you become interested in soccer?

  • When I was 5 years old, my Mom signed me up for Kinderkicks and I slept in my gear the night before I was so excited. I’m competitive in everything I do so this was just the beginning for me.

Who is the sports icon that has influenced you the most?

  • Sydney McLaughlin has been someone I’ve looked up to for years. I have followed along with her since she was at the University of Kentucky for track and I’ve watched almost every race she’s ever ran. She has influenced me by helping me understand I can only control what I can control, this includes the mental part of the game.

How do your teammates make practice fun?

  • Practices are fun because of the team camaraderie and knowing when to have fun and when to work hard and be competitive. We were really close on my high school team, so it made it easier to strive for the same team goals.

What is your favorite song to listen to prior to a game?

  • I don’t have a favorite song; I just enjoy listening to country music.

What one word describes you?

  • Competitive

What is your favorite food to eat the night before a big competition?

  • Feta pasta

What do you do to calm your butterflies before you compete?

  • With soccer, I rarely get butterflies before games. If I do, it’s because I’ve missed something in my pre-game routine….I’m slightly superstitious!

Thank you for sharing Addie! We wish you the best of luck next season!