"Versatile" is a word that comes up a lot whenever Brittany Bock is mentioned.
Bock, selected by the Washington Freedom in Thursday's Dispersal Draft held by the Women's Professional Soccer league, was a standout in an already talent-filled roster of the Los Angeles Sol.
In addition to playing center back for the Sol, Bock has played as a defensive midfielder and a forward. Her versatility will bode well for her new team this season.
For one, two types of players that head coach Jim Gabarra thinks the team needs is a defensive midfielder and a central defender. This should help prevent the defensive problem the Freedom had last season.
Selecting a player who could play multiple positions and came from a league-leading backline? The Freedom chose well with the seventh pick.
The defender/midfielder/forward/Bowflexer sat down and answered a few questions on her reaction to the news about her old team, and what she plans to bring to the plate for her new team.
Kat Galsim: What was your reaction when you found out that the league would be discontinuing operations of the LA Sol, and that you would be moving to another team?
Brittany Bock: I was completely shocked when I heard the news. Even after we found out, I thought there was still a chance for someone to save the Sol. Once I realized I would be playing for a new team, I knew I just had to trust in God and He had plans for me with my new team.
I had a blast playing out in LA and will deeply miss our fans, they were the best. My Sol teammates and the entire staff were wonderful to work with and I wish them all the best of luck.
KG: What were your expectations before the Dispersal Draft?
BB: I guess I don't really know what my expectations were. All I knew for sure was that me and my former Sol teammates would be scattered throughout the league. That's just the nature of professional sports.
I didn't know where I would end up, however I was ready to go along for the ride. Wherever I would end up I knew I would be happy because I'd be playing soccer with some of the greatest players in the world.
KG: How did you find out that the Washington Freedom picked you?
BB: Ha, well I was downstairs in my basement with my dog Grizzly working out on my Bowflex when I got the call from (Freedom goalkeeper coach) Nicci Wright. She told me that the Freedom had just drafted me, but to stay off of Twitter and Facebook until the official announcement came out.
KG: Last season, the Freedom had the most goals allowed, while the Sol had the least. What do you think you can do to help a team that is looking to improve defensively this season?
BB: The Sol defense was a very cohesive unit last season. I learned a great deal from our backline, especially (goalkeeper) Karina LeBlanc, on how to defend at this level. I will bring that experience and some strong physical play to the Freedom.
KG: As you prepare to move to DC to play for a new team, what are you most looking forward to?
BB: Playing soccer. I love this game, and I play because it makes me happy. I'm excited to work with a new group of athletes and learn from them and improve my game.
I'm coming to a great club with many excellent players, and I look forward to gelling with the players and coaches right from the start. I am also excited to connect with the community and all the fans.
KG: Do you have any message to your loyal LA Sol fans, and even to your "Solmates?"
BB: I just want to tell all the Sol fans that they were absolutely amazing in our first season. I know losing the Sol was very disappointing to many, but the fight to keep the Sol alive showed how much they cared. I hope they still follow us "Sol girls" whichever team we end up on, and always stay passionate about the game.
To my "Solmates"...who took my red stretching band?! Haha. I had a blast last year. Thanks for everything!
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