After attending the 2017 USL Experience in San Antonio last year, Claudia Muessig makes her return in her second event, this time hosted by Phoenix Rising FC.
One of the few players who have earned invitations to multiple USL Experiences, Muessig more than put her talents on display at the 2017 SYL Finals, winning the U16 Girls championship with Midwest United FC.
That was more than enough to catch the eye of the SYL Scouting Network, who have chosen her to attend another USL Experience. This time around, Muessig hopes to learn more of what it means to be a professional player and how to achieve that dream, as well as the approach Rising FC takes towards its opposition before a match.
The USL Experience provides top SYL players with some of the highest-level youth competition in the country while delivering a unique look into professional American soccer through the league’s relationship with the United Soccer Leagues, LLC, operators of the Division II USL, the new USL Division III, the Premier Development League and the SYL.
SYL: How have you enjoyed competing in the Super Y League?
Claudia Muessig: It's been phenomenal. I love the environment that the Super Y League provides and all the opportunities that go along with playing.
SYL: What’s been your favorite experience while playing in the SYL?
CM: My favorite expierences while playing would have to be winning the SYL North American Finals this year and participating in the 2017 USL Experience in San Antonio. Both were fantastic events that I will never forget.
SYL: What do you most enjoy about playing with your SYL club?
CM: I love that the Super Y League is in the summer between High School and Club, it allows you to get extra touches in a competitive environment. I also enjoy how it's at a time where you can work on new skills and try different things that can improve your game.
SYL: What was your reaction to being selected to attend the 2018 USLX?
CM: I was so excited to find out that I would be participating in the 2018 USL Experience, it is such an amazing experience and it's something that you can't forget. I can not wait to be part of such a great event again!
SYL: You’ll be participating in professional-level training, matches, interviews and more at the 2018 USLX. What are you most excited about?
CM: I am most excited to participate in the matches and to meet the professional athletes from Pheonix Rising FC. Last year Coach Powell talked to all of the athletes participating in the USL Experience before their match against LA Galaxy II. About what their game plan was and how they figure out what they need to do in order to beat each team. That was incredible and I can't wait to hear how Coach Carteron and Phoenix Rising FC go about their game plan and how they plan on beating Real Monarchs SLC.
SYL: What do you hope to learn at the 2018 USLX?
CM: I hope to learn more about what the life of a professional soccer player entails. For example, what their practice schedule is like, how they prepare for games and what it takes to get to such a high level of soccer.