“Funnily enough, Milwaukee Kickers is where my playing career began. My first club team was through the Germantown Kickers.”
Rashida Beal is currently playing soccer at U Olimpia Cluj in Romania. Beal has had a passion for the game of soccer since she was 5 years old and has been playing the sport she loves for 21 years, her story is nothing short of inspiring.
Beal played varsity soccer her freshman and sophomore year at Germantown High School, and additionally played club for North Shore United. She moved on to play D1 college soccer at the University of Minnesota. Beal also coached for the Milwaukee Kickers, working various mini-Kickers camps and eventually became involved on the SCORES team, she still helps out when she can!
By the time Beal was in her junior year of college she was certain she wanted to pursue a professional playing career. She was drafted to FC Kansas City, but was unable to make the final roster, but she received an offer to stay as a reserve player. She continued to train and push herself. Beal planned to play overseas, however her situation drastically changed, as she went on to battle through two intense knee surgeries. At this point most people would have given up, but not Beal, she pushed through recovery and finally had the opportunity to sign her first professional contract and play in the Bundesliga 2. “I was in disbelief. By the time I signed my first official contract I had played as a reserve, gone through two surgeries, and was beginning to doubt my dream.” Unfortunately, like many others, her season was cut short due to the Pandemic.
Fast forward to 2021, Rashida Beal is currently playing soccer at U Olimpia Cluj in Romania. She stays very busy, as her schedule is all over the place. She is wrapping up her season and her team plays two games a week, train for 1.5 hours a day, and usually get one day of recovery. Although there is a language barrier, she has enjoyed making new friends on and off the team.
Beal’s advice to youth player, who want to chase a pro contract is, “Put time in outside of team trainings to develop all of the fundamental skills. Push yourself to get better by playing with older/better players.” Beal hopes to play soccer for as long as possible and at the highest level possible, she has a drive to succeed and although she has been faced with many obstacles, she always ends up on top.
Rashida, thank you for your time and commitment to our soccer program, for being an athlete that our players can look up too, and for sharing your story! We are proud of you, cheering you on, and know that you will go far. #MKSCStrong
We also asked Rashida some Rapid-Fire Questions:
Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?
A: Earning All-American honors for both soccer and academics
Q: What is your favorite playing position?
A: Center back
Q: Do you have a special routine or superstition that you do before you play a game?
A: I used to in college, but gameday overseas looks quite a bit different so I’ve had to adjust
Q: Which sport icon has influenced you the most?
A: Mia Hamm…and my mom of course
Q: What is your favorite soccer shoe?
A: Nike Tiempo Legends
Q: Do you have a favorite jersey number?
A: 17, it was my number in college
Q: What is your favorite pregame meal?
A: Pasta with chicken, salad, and lemonade
Q: What is your most memorable soccer memory?
A: Winning the Big Ten regular season and tournament my senior year