The Next Step: Three American Goalkeepers Weigh in on Life Overseas

This week Everybody Soccer is highlighting three American goalkeepers who are currently playing overseas. All three have spent multiple years in Europe as they continue their journeys to reach the highest levels in professional soccer. Each goalkeeper opens up about the culture surrounding their club, how they’ve improved since leaving college, and their individual aspirations going forward.

Emily Dolan, Real Betis (Spain)

“I’m a completely different goalkeeper from when I played in college. Outside of playing for Lancaster Inferno in the summers, I really missed out on four years of development, gaining experience, and building confidence. So when I came to Europe, it was basically like being thrown in the deep end.”

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Photo from  Emily Dolan

Photo from Emily Dolan

Lindsey Harris, Klepp (Norway)

“I have to admit, I would be disappointed if I never started in the NWSL and had lots of success there. I mean who wouldn’t want to play in their home country, possibly even home state, in front of your family and friends who have watched you grow into the player you are today?”

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Photo from  UNC

Photo from UNC

Emily Armstrong, Sundsvalls (Sweden)

“In my fifth-grade yearbook, I stated that my favorite food was grilled cheese and that I wanted to be a professional soccer player when I grew up. To be honest, though, it really wasn’t until my college career ended that I realized playing professionally was what I wanted.“

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Photo credit: Ruben Lamers

Photo credit: Ruben Lamers