By Megan Wood
Angela Hucles, who retired just over a year ago, was a two-time Olympic gold medalist and Boston Breakers powerhouse who played with the team during both the WUSA and WPS eras. Hucles, a Virginia Beach native, was named the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year by the U.S. Soccer Foundation. I caught up with her recently to discuss her successful soccer career, her new job in commercial real estate as Client Services Associate at CB Richard Ellis in Boston, and her position as President of the Board for the newly-formed non-profit Dream Big! Oh, and, of course, her take on the US National team’s road to qualify for World Cup play.
FGN: You are one of the most successful female soccer players to ever play the game, earning 109 caps for the USA and scoring 14 international goals. What does it feel like to be a world-renowned athlete?
AH: Well, I don’t feel anything close to being world-renowned, even in the soccer circles, but I do feel good about what I was able to accomplish during my time playing soccer.
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FGN: What influenced your decision to retire? How has your life changed since you stepped off the soccer field?
AH: It was definitely a variety of reasons, not just one that [drove] my decision to retire.