This summer, she has One Goal, and these are the steps she’s taking to achieve it.
It would be easy for Danielle Colaprico to sleep in or ease up during her training. After all, at only 22 years old and already playing a key role on the United States U-23 team, she’s well ahead of her peers. But taking off days isn’t a part of Colaprico’s vocabulary. She is relentlessly motivated to get better on the pitch and make those around her proud.
Step 1: Sacrifice & Support
From leaving the University of Virginia soccer program as its all-time leader in assists to being named the 2015 NWSL Rookie of the Year, success has followed the midfielder wherever she’s gone. But it didn’t happen overnight. “If you want to pursue soccer as a career, you need to make sacrifices,” she said. “Whether that’s hanging out with your friends or doing different functions, you need to miss some of that stuff to be the player that you want to be.” But those sacrifices are impossible to make without the right support system.
Colaprico credits her parents for helping her stay on the right track. “They push me every day and are always there for me when something is going wrong,” she said. “Without them, I probably would have given up a long time ago. I really thank them for how supportive they’ve been.”
Step 2: The Right Gear
Another factor crucial to her success is her relationship with adidas. She wears Ace during matches and Pure Boost shoes during workouts.
“I have so much control on the ball [with the Ace], that it’s almost like it’s stuck to my foot sometimes,” Colaprico said. “It’s awesome. And the Pure Boost shoes almost feel like slippers they’re so comfortable. I feel like I could wear them all day, and that’s important when working out and running.”
Step 3: Look Forward
With the support of her family and fans, and the right gear pushing her forward, she is ready to take on her biggest challenge yet: making and playing a big role for the Women’s National Team that represents the United States this summer.
“That would be awesome,” Colaprico said. “I look back a year ago and never thought I would be where I am today. I’m going to continue to work hard and I am just beginning, but it would be such an honor and I would be so happy to make that team.”
Playing on the USWNT also means reuniting with a close friend: fellow midfielder Morgan Brian. “We played together at Virginia and have great chemistry on and off the field,” Colaprico said. “She’s definitely one of my best friends and someone who I can be myself around, so I look forward to playing with her the most.”
With August on her mind, Colaprico is prepared to Stop At Nothing to achieve her goals, and those are the steps she’s taking to make it happen. To follow Colaprico — and our other cover athletes — as they chase down their #OneGoal visit eastbay.com/stopatnothing.