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Feature: Follis focused on Villa after blazing USA summer

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Feature: Follis focused on Villa after blazing USA summer


Emma Follis will hope to light up the Women's Super League in the next three months - as she returns from a blazing summer in the States.

Flying winger Follis, for the second year running, elected to swap Birmingham for Seattle and a chance to show off her skills in the prestigious W-League.

The 22-year-old says the annual visit to USA always puts a smile on her face and sharpens her game.

She thinks that will only benefit Villa Ladies as they look to finish the season in style.

She told us: "I would usually train with Seattle Reign in the morning. Then in the afternoon I would train for Seattle Sounders.

"The Sounders were my main team I was signed for but the Seattle Reign was a training opportunity too. It was a brilliant experience being involved with both sides.

"Being able to train with and be around some of the best players in the world there was such an unbelievable experience. I really loved every moment of it.

"The division I was playing in was the second highest standard of soccer in the US behind Seattle Reign's professional league - The NWSL.

"It was an incredible standard - the Western Conference that the Sounders were in was certainly the toughest in the W-League too!

"I believe I played pretty well. I played in midfield pretty much all season, which was different to when I'm at Villa when obviously I play on the wing. I did miss playing on that wing!

"I managed to score three goals and won a few penalties to help the team. But overall I think I played well and brought some English flare to the team!

"I scored two goals in a game against Colorado Pride in a 3-0 win! That was my standout performance.

"It was brilliant to score in front of a home crowd with my friends and host family being there too. I enjoyed that. That was certainly one of my personal favourite moments.

"Overall, it's been a great summer - I always enjoy my stay in Seattle.

"It's such a beautiful place and there's so much to explore and see.

"I love the USA lifestyle - and the soccer lifestyle especially. Being able to train pretty much every morning and occasionally in the afternoon and then going back home to the lake to relax and being able to go downtown and explore the different areas, it's unreal.

"This was my second summer here now. I've had so many amazing opportunities and experiences while being over here, which is why I love it so much."


Now Follis has her sights firmly set on Villa Ladies - a team she has missed greatly.

She was forced to make a "tough decision" to miss the start of the newly-created Women's Super League to head across the pond.

She aims to give it everything she's got to help Ron Mellor's side now she's back.

On the positive side, she managed to convert her host family in Seattle into claret and blue fanatics!

She added: "It was such a tough decision to not start the WSL season with Villa and to go over to the States.

"But I was following every game on Twitter - willing the girls on! It's been good to see the new kit too actually.

"The home and away kit both look great so I'm excited to get the claret and blue back on!

"I'm excited to get back on the field with Villa and hopefully help us pick up some more points.

"I am looking forward to the rest of the season. It's been great to see the girls again and now it's about continuing to train and play hard.

"Looking back at my time in the States, though, I think I certainly converted my host family to liking Villa.

"I gave the host kids a shirt of mine and my host dad some shorts - and I saw them wearing them out and about, which is great.

"I've felt like an ambassador out here in the States. It's been great, too, to take a different vision of the game over there.

"Being able to show people how we play back in England is fun, as it is pretty different!"

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By @AVFCOfficial 11th August 2014
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