"We’re like a family. I’ve never seen this level of closeness among all members of a team before. I’m a foreigner so I expected my teammates to treat me differently. They know this is new for me, but very quickly they made me feel like one of their own. In fact, when I was flying back to Seattle after being away for a month with my national team, I felt like I was coming home because I was returning to family. That’s a pretty special feeling."
Nahomi Kawasumi, on Seattle Reign FC
(Excerpt from interview in the 2014.07.27 Seattle Reign vs. Portland Thorns program)