What is your biggest soccer accomplishment?
When I played for IMG Academy two years ago. I never thought I would get a chance to play there.
How did you get into playing soccer?
I grew up with it. My brother starting playing and then I followed him. It runs in the family.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Greece. I’ve always wanted to see all the villages and towns there. It just looks so pretty in all the pictures I’ve seen.
Who is your biggest role model?
My mom. She has taught me everything. She taught me the difference between good and bad, and she always gives me advice. She’s like a best friend.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
An athletic trainer or a physical therapist. I like the idea of working with other people and the whole rehabilitation thing.
What are you afraid of?
Needles and snakes.
Who is your favorite Disney princess?
Cinderella. I grew up liking her and watching the movie. When I was little I always wished that I could be like her.
What’s your favorite movie?
“Never Back Down.” I just like the excitement and action of it.
What do you like to do when you aren’t playing soccer?
I like to go to the beach, hang out with family and friends and dance.
What is your favorite amusement park ride?
Roller coasters. I just like the excitement of them.
— Jen Blanco
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