Meet Manya Makoski, a midfielder from Trumbull, CT who is now living her dream of playing professional soccer playing for the LA Sol. From Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2001 to a stellar career at Arizona State University to numerous championships with US Youth National teams, she has quietly been one of the nation’s best soccer players.
She is part of the dominant backline that helped the LA Sol to a .5 goals against average in the regular season, and helped Karina LeBlanc post 12 shutouts in the season, good for best in the league. Next year, she will be back in LA ready to start a new season, with the same goal she, along with the rest of the team, had in mind last year: to win the WPS Championship.
For now, she is back at home in Connecticut, playing in coed teams, and training on her own to become stronger, fitter, and better in time for pre-season, which starts in February.
I got to ask her 22 questions (because she is #22) so fans could get to know her off the field a little better. It is always nice to know how players are off the pitch…Enjoy!
1. What was the best moment of your ASU career?
Making it to the NCAA tourney twice, becoming an Academic All American, and being awarded the ASU Coach Bill Kajikawa Outstanding Female Graduate Award and ASU Sparky Awards Female Scholar of the Year Award
2. Who from Hollywood would you like to meet?
3. What’s in your iPod?
A little bit of everything (except country)… MJ, Lady Gaga, NKOTB, James Morrison, Britney Spears, David Guetta, Timbaland, Far East Movement, Lil Wayne, Eric Hutchinson, Pat Monahan, Justin Nozuka, Joshua Radin, Matt Wertz, Matt Nathanson, Deadmau5, Akon, Craig David, Trans Siberian Orchestra
4. Do you have a favorite holiday?
5. Guilty pleasure?
Starbucks Chai tea lattes
6. Who was the funniest person (or people) on the team last season?
Aya was definitely the team clown
7. What was your first soccer team called and what were its colors?