Journey from Sweden to America
I was 13 the first time I was interviewed by a newspaper, and they asked me a question about my dream as a soccer player. I answered that, one day, I wanted to be a pro soccer player in the United States.
The Women's United Soccer Association was the world's first women's soccer league in which all the players were paid professionals. When the first season began in 2001, I was too young to play, but to know that it was even possible to be a professional was so cool. Unfortunately, WUSA only lasted for three years because of the big losses of money.
When I was 20 and had just finished my first year playing on the Swedish team Linköpings FC, someone from an American team tried to contact me. I remember walking out to practice thinking about how cool this was and how excited I was. Even though I knew that I had one year left on my contract with Linköpings, in my mind I was already in the U.S.
At that time, I didn't know a whole lot about American soccer. I just wanted to go there and experience being a pro. What I did find out, though, was that it was a W-League team and that the Swedish league was the better league by then.
When I turned 23 in 2008, I heard rumors about how they were starting up a professional league again in the U.S. I was really excited about and realized this time could be my turn to shine. Like every other sport in the U.S., there was a draft. Women's Professional Soccer began its first season in 2009, with all the best players in the world, but no Caroline Seger.
Of course, I was bummed. But in my opinion, everything happens for a reason. That year, 2009, ended up being the best year of my soccer career, finishing first in our league, winning the Swedish Cup and then making it to the quarterfinals in the UEFA Champions League.
The best advice that has ever been given to me was, "Play every game like someone is watching you," meaning that even if you play a simple scrimmage, you never know who's out there watching you. Maybe this is the game that's actually going take you somewhere. Having this attitude led to me being discovered by some of the WPS "spies" that were watching different tournaments and games.
I'm now in my second year as a pro in the U.S., I love everything about it and I'm so glad that I got this opportunity. Now that I'm here I want to be a part of this league's continued growth and success.
I want young girls to be able to dream but most importantly, make their dreams come true. Women's soccer is getting bigger -- let's keep it that way.