Lindsey Horan showed potential early on. Colorado Rush Youth Soccer Club employees saw so much potential in the brave, brown-haired girl that they recruited her for their up-and-coming U12 Nike team. With a nudge and a sign of approval from her mother and assistant coach Linda Horan, Lindsey took the plunge into the competition pool – and she never looks back except to reflect and congratulate those who have helped her along the way.
Fast forward to 2021 with 108 appearances, 25 goals and 34 assists with the US women’s national team (USWNT) under her belt, the 27-year-old is looking for size.
During their game against Korea Republic on October 21 in Kansas City, Kansas, US Soccer recognized Horan’s 100th international match. That same night, Horan received her new number, passed on by legend Carli Lloyd, who retired after her second game against Korea Republic in Minneapolis.
When asked by the Burgundy wave after the handover of the USWNT head coach, Vlatko Andonovski said: âLindsey sought Number 10. Carli was kind enough to give it to her. Carli was very happy to pass this number 10 on to Lindsey because Lindsey dealt with herself and developed the environment. And Carli knows that the number 10 is represented in the best possible way while Lindsey is wearing it. “
But wearing the notorious number 10 is not a feathery affair. Football is about both high expectations and a certain amount of prestige.
With the help of her sports psychologist, personal courage, determination and a string of achievements, Horan has everything it takes to advance to the next ranks as player commander with the Lady Yanks. In fact, ten is the most appropriate number. She will wear it with a mountain of skill and self-confidence that she has steadily acquired over the course of her career.
Andonovski expects no less from her. “The next chapter for Lindsey in our community or in the national team will now be to take on a slightly larger leadership role on and off the field,” he said. âShe is an incredible player. She is a total soccer player who knows the game. Very diverse. But it’s time she just quit, take it to the next level, and be able to control games and be a leader too. “
When Lloyd agreed to the request, Horan said, âI cried about seven times today. In the meeting before the game, Carli handed me the jersey with my name and the number 10 on it. And I think it was probably one of the best moments of my career. âShe continued:â Carli is doing this for me and giving me the opportunity to wear her jersey, I’m so honored. And I’ll try to portray it as best I can and think of her every time I put it on. “
Horan officially started wearing the number in Australia this month during a two-game streak with the Matildas. Lloyd noticed.
The captain’s armband was also noticed on Horan. She wore it for the first time in Kansas City against the Republic of Korea.
After the game, she told the Burgundy Wave that it might be the first time she wore the band since playing with Colorado Rush. “It was really cool. It’s a very special ritual that we have at USWNT. I was honored. You saw the players who have worn the armband before. It was really something special.” Expect to see more of this when the team sits back together early next year.
I will remember this moment forever. Wear the 10 for the first time and of course with the bracelet. I am really so honored. I’m proud of the team for the win and Sydney gave us an amazing atmosphere. Thank you â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/HDxrsq2Ijf
– Lindsey Horan (@LindseyHoran) November 27, 2021
Horan’s successes have been derived from a number of sources. Much credit is due to the organization, which has made its gradual strides since it first laced its brightly colored child-sized boots.
âColorado Rush was obviously my youth club and they gave me a lot. You have done a lot to get me to this point. I think the coaches I had there, the environment we have is a very professional environment and a kind of feeder system for life, âHoran said in an interview with Burgundy Wave. Horan raves about her mentors Tim Schultz and Eric Bushey. Your all-encompassing trainer and technical director mom, also the smart businessman dad.
“I think the way Rush teaches its players how to be their core values ââis something that really prepares us for where we are today and really prepares me,” she added. The Rush Core Values ââare an integral part of the international football organization founded in Denver in 1997. Headquartered in New York City, Rush works with more than 80 youth and professional clubs around the world.
Shortly after recovering from COVID-19 in late 2020, she returned to her usual style at the West Denver Rush Field House, playing alongside Rush college-aged USL2 players and prospects.
âI always want to give something back and I think I could say that as a young player we had a number of alums there who kept coming back and making appearances and having someone to look up to, especially young players. I feel like I’ve always wanted to be this for someone else. So whenever I can go back and see these young players or play with the guys who can, you know, sometimes I kick my butt, I want to. ”
The coast-to-coast system has produced several notable track and field athletes including Christian Pulisic, Mallory Webb, Meg Buckingham, as well as dozens of Metro-Denver residents including Jordan Angeli, Jeb Brovsky, Cole Bassett, Conor Casey, Brian Mullan, Bobby Burling, Collen Warner and James Riley.
For about 16 years Horan has been attending Rush Alumni Week in December, when professionals, universities, coaches and member players come together and just play.
Very little prevents Horan from returning to the organization she loves. What she gives her professional team, the Portland thorns, and she is giving away the international team Team USA to her youth club – and her loyal fans alike.