Dagny Menges

On the Pitch | Emily Menges and Dagný Brynjarsdóttir talk about their favorite part of soccer

Every player has a different experience throughout their career, and a different reason they enjoy playing soccer. We sat down with members of the Portland Thorns FC to learn who and what has shaped their history with the game.


Emily Menges

Dagný Brynjarsdóttir

What do you love most about soccer?

It brings the whole world together and ensures that I have fun every day

Working my [butt] off and then the feeling after playing well and winning games.

Who was your favorite sports hero growing up?

Michelle Akers

Ronaldo (Brazilian)

What’s your go-to pregame music you like to listen to?

Relaxing music until I get to the locker room. Then something up beat and fast

Icelandic music is my favorite

Who inspires you?

My grandma; she travels so much, does everything she wants to do in life—or so it seems—and thoroughly enjoys every aspect of life

My mom and my fiancé

What was the first position you played?

Stopper in our “stopper/sweeper” system, or center-mid

Central midfielder