It’s not uncommon to be a multi-sport athlete. Michael Jordan briefly traded in his basketball for a baseball. Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo began his professional career in MLS as a goalkeeper with FC Dallas.
For U14 Pittsburgh Riverhounds midfielder Minah Syam, she’s continuing that trend in a unique way. Syam has long excelled on the soccer field, earning her a place at the 2019 USL Experience in Tampa, Florida, where she’ll join 68 other top players from across the United States and Canada with USL Championship side Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Despite her superb quality on the field following a great season for her club, Syam says she was shocked when she discovered that she was going to USLX.
“I was thinking… ‘Holy crap! This can't be true,” Syam told SYLSoccer.com. “It's been a great experience in Super Y League. This year, our team was in a funk during our season, and Super Y helped us individually as well as a team.”
However, futbol isn’t her only talent. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native has taken up another sport, and become quite good at it, in a city that adores the game.
Growing up a fan of the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, Syam has become a stellar kicker on the gridiron after playing three years. With two older brothers, both of whom have played football, Syam’s determination has made her a fierce competitor in every aspect of her athletic career.
“I enjoyed playing many positions in football, but when I started getting more serious about soccer I started to only play the kicker,” Syam said. “It compares to soccer first by the team-building aspect. We are all family on the team. Football is a lot slower and more physical than soccer. I think football helps my leg strength, conditioning and no-fear mentality for my soccer games.”
Syam joins Riverhounds teammates Fiona Mahan and Lola Abraham at 2019 USLX.