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Hey, Mr.Netflix Producer…

Did my excitement over the USWNT film announcement turn into a pitch to the Netflix casting department? Maybe.I am qualified and available after all.

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Hey, Mr.Netflix Producer…


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Ok Turf fam, your resident ’99ers and USWNT‘s biggest fangirl is back with some big news, y’all!! Kristine Lilly dropped this little gem on Instagram and my first reaction was, “OH HELL YEAH!!!” Because in my mind, there will clearly never be enough content produced that celebrates and highlights how amazing and life-changing the 1999 team was.

After my initial excitement and joy wore off, my mind then turned to a long list of questions. I mean there’s still so much to explore here. They gave us just the skeleton of a news bulletin on this. I need answers!!! And while I do have almost all the free time in the world right now, I still don’t want to have to search the internet for them. Quarantine has really set an all time low for my energy output and laziness. Let’s be honest.

Is it another documentary? Will there be more “Julie Foudy” shot behind-the-scenes footage? Or, is it an actual film? Will the ’99ers be in it?

ESPN has already put out a pretty dope documentary on them, appropriately named “The ’99ers”, which you should absolutely check out if you haven’t already. It’s ripe with BTS footage from the self-proclaimed team historian and my all-time favorite USWNT player, Julie Foudy. It could be fun to see it as more of an actual film, and if they can do it right it may even give the greatest female sports movie ever made a run for its money.

It’s going to be quite the daunting task to top A League of Their Own, however. Unless you bring Gary Marshall back from the dead and cast it as perfectly as they did. If it’s an actual film it would be cool to see some of the original team members make cameos in unexpected places. Like, for instance, to have Loudy Foudy herself play the role of a broadcaster like she does these days for ESPN. Just a suggestion for you, Netflix. This, of course, leads to my next set of questions…

Are there actors? Who will they be? If so, how much previous soccer playing experience do they have? How much training have they done? Have they started filming? Can I still audition?

Ok, let’s be honest. This is just my not so subtle way of pitching to Netflix that I am available. Plus, have I mentioned that I majored in theater? And I’ve done enough background work on movies and tv to have an idea of what I’m doing on set. So, I might be a little (okay a lot) out of shape, but I have recently started practicing my juggling skills in my front yard again. So there’s that. And I did get asked to come to play full-time for the Zog team that I subbed for once about a year or so ago. So, I got skills. Well, at least a few. And I have a wealth of knowledge of that team so I would be really helpful on set. Just saying.

I bought this mini ball when I went to the 1999 WWC. It was one of my two souveniers.

If I had to cast myself I’d go with maybe Tiffeny Milbrett or Shannon MacMillan. I can be surprisingly deceptive and provide a good punch when needed. And I’m flexible and comfortable playing on either wing. And my second favorite number is 8. You’re welcome casting. Now, where do I send my self-tape? Also, do I get to work with a trainer if I’m cast? I’d like to drop a quick 20 pounds. Thanks in advance.

When is it coming out?

I hope soon. But also not – because then I will have missed my shot to be in it. But let’s be real. It doesn’t matter because I’m going to give them all my money whenever and in whatever form it comes out like the good little fangirl that I am.

But for real, please e-mail me, casting. I am deadly serious. I could crush this like Carli Lloyd crushes field goals.

An actor by degree, sports lover by day, and a bartender by night. As a native of suburban Detroit it took moving to NYC for Katie to fully realize her love of all things Michigan and Detroit sports. Feel free to engage her in her love of the coolest city and prettiest state in the country and why she will always root for Ohio State to lose every sporting event ever. No, really I am dead serious about that last statement.

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