Washington Freedom Players Talk 2010

Kat GalsimCorrespondent IDecember 31, 2009

CARSON, CA - MARCH 29:  Marta #10 of the Los Angeles Sol strikes the ball across midfield as Cat Whitehill #4 of the Washington Freedom looks on in the first half during their inaugural WPS match at The Home Depot Center on March 29, 2009 in Carson, California.  The Sol defeated the Freedom 2-0. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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The Washington Freedom's Sonia Bompastor, Cat Whitehill, and Becky Sauerbrunn answer a few questions on how they will celebrate the New Year, and what their plans are for 2010.


How do you plan to ring in the New Year?

Sonia: I plan to do the New Year with friends and family at my brother's house.

Cat: Well, we have started a tradition at the Whitehill casa.  It all started three years ago as people were looking for a place to spend New Year's Eve and I was able to offer my house for a small gathering.  It turned out to be a whole lot of fun, so I decided I would do it the next year.  Well the next year rolled around and I sent out an evite to a lot of my friends and A LOT of them were able to come.  We had a formal theme where you had to dress up and everyone absolutely had a blast! This year we are going with a 1990's sorority/fraternity theme and people have to use their imaginations.  It is definitely going to be interesting...

Becky: I usually have a feast with my parents and I later meet up with my friends and we ring in the New Year together.  


Do you have any New Year's Eve traditions?

Sonia: I have to eat 12 grapes at midnight and drink champagne.

Cat: I think the only New Year's Eve tradition I had before our annual party was to watch the Chick-Fil-A bowl.  It is always ACC vs SEC which means it is going to be a great game.  Sometimes my teams even make it into the bowl, but not as often as I would like.  I do have a New Year's day tradition where Robert and I watch college football ALL day! It's a great way to celebrate the day after our wedding anniversary!

Becky: My parents usually have a crab leg and steak dinner.  Sometimes we go see a movie before we part ways to meet up with friends for drinks and celebrations.  I never know what I am doing New Year's night, it's usually a last-second decision by me and my friends.  It's always fun though!


What are your 2010 New Year's resolutions?

Sonia: Nothing in particular; just to stay the same like before.

Cat: Win the WPS championship and getting better at talking on the phone.

Becky:  I am going to try to not be such a worrywart and to live more in the moment. Maybe take more risks.


What are you looking forward to most for the 2010 season?

Sonia: To have success with the Freedom team, win a lot of games, and the championship. 

Cat: I am really looking forward to putting our team back together and doing better than we did this past year.  I think we can win more games and hopefully the Championship.  I am also looking forward to the NFL draft to see where Tim Tebow gets picked up!  I am also looking forward to getting back with the national team as we are gearing up for the 2011 World Cup. I am also excited about Robert getting done with his third year, as I have heard that the fourth year of Medical school is a little bit less stressful.

Becky: I really just can't wait to get back on the field and play again with the team.  I feel like my game grew over the inaugural season and now I am looking forward to adding more of an attacking element to my game for this season.   


Thanks to the Washington Freedom for the permission to re-post this article. The original can be found here.