She is following in her father’s footsteps!
Dennis Rodman’s daughter recently made her National Women’s Soccer League debut, The Grio reports.
Trinity Rodman, daughter of NBA icon Dennis Rodman, is already making a name for herself in the world of sports. She recently made history during her National Women’s Soccer League debut with the Washington Spirit as the youngest goalscorer in the league’s history. She was the team’s second draft pick and has been itching to show the world what she’s got on the field. The younger Rodman said that playing professional soccer has been a goal since she was a little girl.
“This has been my dream forever; I’ve been playing soccer since I was 4 years old,” Rodman told reporters.
The NWSL tweeted footage from Rodman’s game, captioned, “@trinity_rodman is here, and she is not. messing. Around.” Washington Spirit coach Richie Burke has also praised Rodman’s skills on the field.
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“The kid is just brilliant. She’s a machine as an athlete, just unbelievable. When you play against her, you train with her; you see how quickly she closes you down. She’s deceptively quick to close you down. But now she’s getting tactically better, too,” said Burke.
The 18-year-old credits her team with helping her improve her skills overall. “My team has helped me a lot, obviously, being a really young player and very new, it’s definitely a lot faster, girls are a lot stronger, a lot more intelligent, at this level. I think just getting advice from my teammates in scrimmages and practices, I’ve been able to kind of think ahead. And I think that’s a huge part of what’s helped me in the game,” Rodman said.
While many people know her as the daughter of the basketball legend, Rodman is more excited to carve out her lane and feels the support of both of her parents is what got her this far.
“Having a dad like I do, no one asks about my mom because she’s obviously not an NBA star, but I just want people to know that my mom’s been my support system in everything in life, and she’s my best friend and my rock…[My dad] was an amazing athlete, and I got those genes from him, but I’m excited to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just as Rodman’s daughter. I’m excited to pave my own path and get better throughout this journey,” she told reporters.
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