Western New York Flash defender Brittany Taylor is looking to improve on last season’s playoff absence.
In this Q&A with Nutmeg Incorporated, Taylor talks about Western New York’s roster shakeup, being a leader and the impact of the upcoming 2015 Women’s World Cup.
What is the hardest part about playing center back?
It takes a lot of communication and organization, but most importantly you have to get all defenders and the goalkeeper on the same page, working together and working for each other in order to be successful.
Only five players remain on the Flash roster from a season ago. What do you believe the Flash need to do to win games with a relatively new group of players coming together?
We need to quickly come together as a group and realize that we have been brought together to accomplish a goal. The coaching staff has chosen all of us for a reason and when we come together as a team it can be something great.
Can you share your favorite moment with the Flash from either last season or prior?
During the 2013 season there were a few games where it came down to the last few minutes of the game to either tie it up or hold onto the lead. We came together as a team and battled until the last minute to earn those points, which in the end earned us the Regular Season Championship.
Carli Lloyd was an integral part of the Flash’s NWSL success. Can you describe how the Flash can replace her production and leadership?
Carli is a true professional. I have enjoyed being her teammate and learned a lot from her over the past few years.
How does this year being a World Cup year bring about different challenges?
It is a very exciting year for the league, it will show all of the countries that are represented in the World Cup. I don’t think there will be challenges, when the National team player are not available it gives opportunities for other players to have their opportunity.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about a leader?
In order to be a good leader you need to set an example. No one will follow you unless you prove you are worth following.
What is your take on ways to grow the game?
Creating an environment for every level player. Not everyone player is going to be able to make the Women’s National Team, but every player can still love them game and enjoy playing. The more opportunities there are for everyone the more the game can grow and become a larger part of the culture in the US.
What are your goals (team and personal) for the 2015 NWSL season?
My personal goal for the season is to lead the best back line in the league and prove I can play at the next level. For our team, I want to lead us back into the playoffs and rebuild our reputation of being a hard-working winning organization.
How would you describe Aaran Lines’ coaching style?
Coach has expectations and a mentality to win, which has been proven at all levels over the past few years.