From Iceland to Portland: when Dagny Brynjarsdottir is on the pitch, you simply can’t miss the 5’ 11” midfielder from Florida State.
The first year player from the Portland Thorns is tied for the team lead in goals scored.
Dagny is already a fan favorite in Soccer City USA, where she plays in front of more people in the park than those who lived in her hometown in Iceland.
"Growing up you are just more free. There are not as many rules and it is harder to get into trouble if that makes sense," Dagny said.
She fulfilled her childhood vision of playing for the Icelandic National Team in 2010.
"Today I am pretty known in Iceland and I am happy I can be role model. When I was growing up I didn't really have any female role models at home, I didn't really have anyone around my town," said Dagny.
Now, she lives a more private life here in Portland.
"Our fans are great and I think they are very respectful to players. Maybe they've seen me in the grocery store but they give me space. I love the fans here," said Dagny.
After graduation from FSU, Dagny tried life in Germany. But Germany just wasn’t cutting it, so it was on to the NWSL where the Thorns are chasing their second cup in the fourth year of the league.
When her boys from Iceland knocked off England in the Euro Cup a few weeks back, you know she had some smack talk to dish out for her English head coach, Mark Parsons.
The Thorns host Seattle this coming Saturday night.
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