There is a young Filipina making waves in the Football Association’s Women’s Super League, the highest league of women’s football in England, and she is 17-year-old Mayumi “Maz” Pacheco.
The young defender has already represented England in the Women’s Under-16s and Under-17s levels. She was also called up for the England Under-19s team, but due to her first team commitment, she has to miss the camps and was instead told by the coach to be physically and mentally prepared for next year’s Under 19s competition.
More recently, she has made her debut with the first team of Liverpool Ladies, following her stint as part of Liverpool Ladies’ Under-17 FA Cup-winning team.
Pacheco identifies herself as Liverpool-born and bred, supporting the club while growing up and going to as many of the club’s matches as she can. Of Liverpool’s past and present players, she counts Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Jordan Henderson, and Philippe Coutinho as her favorites. She is also impressed with Joe Gomez who, at 18 years old, made his way into the men’s first team at an early age—a story that she can definitely relate to.
The young defender took time from her busy schedule to answer questions on life as a top-flight football player in England and balancing this with normal teenager activities.
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News story courtesy of Interaksyon