Heather O’Reilly Highlights Eastbay’s Latest Cover

words // Adam Arthur

images// Andi Stempniak

Meet Heather O’Reilly, Team USA’s game-changing midfielder and Eastbay’s latest cover athlete.

Having scored many incredible accomplishments, including two Division I college championships and three gold medals at world soccer events, Heather takes her game to the cover of Eastbay. And on top of starring on the newest cover, she is also Eastbay’s first female Field Tester.

“I’m honored to be on the cover of Eastbay. It’s really cool that I’m the first female Field Tester. It’s so important for players to get product advice from the pros, on the men’s side or women’s side. We’ve tested products at the highest level and in the tensest environments. I’m going to do my best to be a great role model for younger players who are testing their products.”

Heather joins an impressive list of Eastbay cover athletes and Field Testers. To sustain her high level of play, she works extremely hard during training.

“I prepare to win by bringing it every day on the training field. If you practice the way you want to play, there’s nothing to be afraid of when big games come around. I keep good habits on the field and that takes a certain discipline to bring that every day. All those training days combined give you confidence, knowing that you’ve prepared, that you’re ready, and that, when those big matches come up, you’ll be prepared to win.”

Heather knows that to perform at her highest level, she can benefit from gear designed for her style of play. She can be seen wearing the adidas F50s on the new Eastbay cover. These cleats are some of the lightest you can find – one of the reasons Heather loves playing in them.

“The most important thing I look for is comfort. The F50s are really comfortable. They have fantastic control on the ball and they’re super light. My playing style is all about high energy, so speed is a huge part of my game. The lighter the shoe, the faster you feel and play. That’s why the F50s are the perfect fit for me.”

Heather O’Reilly with adidas adizero F50

Because of players like Heather, and the reestablishment of a women’s professional soccer league, and the success of the U.S. Women’s National Team, the excitement surrounding women’s soccer continues to grow. Heather’s passion for the game is obvious and her play at the club or at an international level can help spark even more interest in women’s professional soccer.

“Being a female athlete is the coolest job I could ever ask for. I still love soccer as much as I did when I was a young player. That being said, as a female professional athlete, we’re always trying to gain ground and grab the attention of general sports fans. I think we’ve done a lot of that with women’s professional soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team. We’re going to continue to have the best product on the field and impress people with our play. I think that will turn a lot of heads and help grow the sport.”

To learn more about Heather, go to eastbay.com/HeatherOReilly.

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