It began with a tweet.
Women United FC was founded by seven women: Kristi Colvin, Sarah Wilson, Sherry Liu, Kayla Knapp, Malena Barajas, Heather Parker, and Sayra Moran. Kristi wanted to blog about her favorite team, Sporting KC, but wasn’t sure where to do it. She felt it would be lost in a sea of blogs if it weren’t part of a larger community. She also found that there are a few female-oriented sites and blogs but none appeared to be centered around MLS. They are written by a few select people, as opposed to a community. Kristi tweeted about it, then ran it by her friend Sarah, co-workers Heather and Sherry and through the help of Kyle Rogers, innovator for Sporting Innovations, she was connected with Malena, Kayla and Sayra. On Twitter and through a series of emails, in less than a month’s time this community was launched.
Our founding individuals bring some distinct strengths to this community, that will help us grow and develop into a thriving network of women connected by love for MLS. This is what you need to know about our founders and their commitment to WUFC.
“I founded Women United FC because I want to meet more women like myself… passionate, crazy, fans!”
Kristi is a brander/marketer and CEO of Fresh ID (who built and will maintain this site), and has worked with Sporting KC and the Kansas City Chiefs on many different projects. Though short on technical knowledge and capable of saying almost anything during gameday tweets, her vision, enthusiasm and passion for a sport she knows little about is what drove the desire to start this network for female MLS fans.
“I founded Women United FC because I am passionate about soccer and know other women are too!”
Sarah is a fun-loving English hullbird, recently transplanted to Kansas City. She is co-host of Top of the Table TV, a video blog about soccer around the world, and an avid soccer fanatic whose technical expertise will be helpful to soccer newbies. We are hoping Sarah will start her own video blog here! Sarah also plays soccer with local mates in Kansas City.
“I founded Women United FC because I want to help grow the game, one fan at a time.”
Kayla gradually became an MLS fan, having an English father and having played soccer growing up, she was a ManU supporter much of her life. After a number of years watching MLS expand, in 2011 she became a Galaxy fanatic, and talks about the transition from casual fan to full-blown, no going back MLS fanatic in her lovely story about the game in the rain. Kayla covers soccer for Aerys Sports, the only online sports network run entirely by women.
“I founded Women United FC because I believe in the power of teamwork.”
Malena is a passionate Sporting KC supporter who doesn’t live in Kansas City. She had a roundabout way of getting involved with MLS. A long-time Arsenal fan, she was assigned to work with SKC during a pre-season tournament. The only reason she was initially excited about it was that they were playing the New York Red Bulls, led by former Arsenal player Thierry Henry, a legendary player she had long adored. By the end of the assignment, she had a new crush… and a firm appreciation for what MLS has to offer.
Sayra is a beautiful model, and beautiful soul who has watched futbol since she was born. She is an avid Real Salt Lake fan, now in Seattle and considers soccer her first love – learn more of her story and family love of the sport. Her experience watching the game, playing and coaching brings real input for our community of women who also play, coach or are long-time fans who’ve watched the MLS grow since its inception in 1996.
“I founded Women United FC because I want to learn about soccer from passionate, crazy, female fans!”
Sherry is the technical glue that holds our community together. An accomplished web designer and creative thinker, she brings a wealth of knowledge about the how and why and why not we can or can’t do something on the site. Her skill and hard work brought this community to life in less than a month and we owe her a debt of gratitude for her support!
“I founded Women United FC because involvement w/ soccer changed my life & I want to share that with others.”
Heather is an active member of the KC Cauldron, a Sporting KC supporters group. She knows firsthand the hours of sweat and dedication it takes to pull off events and meaningful moments for soccer fans and her experience in this area is invaluable. Heather will help reach out to other support groups and let them know our community exists as an adjunct to what they are doing for their teams, that will help serve their female fans.
Women are an important, yet somewhat underrepresented facet of the MLS infrastructure. Much of the broadcasting and reporting is done by men. Someday we hope to see more women involved in visible coverage, as broadcasters, reporters, bloggers and commentators. We hope this community will surface women who love to blog about their favorite teams and the league in general as we add Member Blogs so that any member who wants one can have their own.
We want to be more visible online – and will try do that with live gameday tweets for each team, from the female perspective. We will also offer team chats and league chats and have integrated Twitter Command Centers for each team here on the site.
We want to see more merchandise that targets women specifically, to buy. How many of us would love to have a cookie or cake set of their favorite team for birthday parties and celebrations? By increasing our voice and adding our opinions, WUFC aims to influence the creation and offering of soccer-related merchandise women want to own, wear and use. No more baggy drawers and box-like shirts – we want options!
The bottom line is, we want to help grow this game in America.
We want women who may currently be involved with school soccer, or coaching soccer, to get more involved with MLS clubs.
We want to share and spread our enthusiasm for this crazy-making game that fully occupies our minds for 9-10 months of the year, making work and spending time with friends and family and seeing movies sometimes impossible.
We may not have painted faces (or we might!) We may not be beer-soaked and filled with technical critiques (or… we might), but we have as much heart and soul as the male raving fanatics and we’re here to meet other women of all ages who share our spirit and love for a very special MLS team, or more than one.