USL W Player Spotlight: Kellyn Green


How are you feeling about being 4-0-1 in the USL W?

It’s always great to be in first place in the conference but we still have a lot of the season left and now we have an even bigger target on our backs. We have to continue to focus on one game at a time and not get complacent. 

Where have you played soccer?

4 year starter at South Dakota State University

Played in the USL W-league for clubs Real Colorado and Colorado Rush

My husband and I made to move out to Seattle in 2014 and I played with the Sounders Women.

I have since spent my summers playing for the Issaquah Gunners WPSL club team. 

What is your most memorable moment in soccer?

It feels like a lifetime ago now but it will forever be the best moment. A true underdog story. In 2008, my South Dakota State soccer team became the first Summit league team to win a game in the NCAA Division l tournament.

We beat the University of Colorado in the first round 1-0. It was bittersweet for me since I was born and raised in Colorado. 


What does it mean for you to see the USL W League back in the State of Washington?

It’s amazing to have the W-league back and especially back in Washington. It was a real blow to women’s soccer in this country when it ceased operations. I played in the W-league for seven years before it folded.

It gave me a place to play during the off season while in college and a place to continue playing at a high level after college. For several years it was the highest level for women in the USA after the WPS folded.

It’s amazing that the next generation of women are able to play in this league.

What does your life look like outside of soccer?

I work full time as a litigation paralegal at a Seattle based law firm.

My husband and I have an almost 2 year old son who keeps us busy and gives us so much joy. We also have a young pitty mix pup who is just the best boy. 


Can you give people any insight on what the players group is like?

This is honestly one of the best groups of women that I have played with in a long time. Not just in terms of skill but also a group of such wonderful and kind people. 

What’s it like playing for Oly Coaches Chris Wells and Rachel Ross?

I have known Chris for almost as almost long as I have lived in Seattle (almost 10 years) and have played on several of his teams throughout the years off and on. His knowledge and implementation of tactics, formations and player recruiting/assessment is a huge part of how he puts together so many successful teams.

Chris’ coaching style allows his players to play to their full potential without the paralyzing fear of making mistakes.

Rachel has really impressed me this year with her ability to step in and give good instruction and helpful feedback to players in the moment. She is also just a very kind and personable person.


What is your advice for young girls in soccer? 

Trainings are so much more important than games especially at the youth level.  You should push yourself to be uncomfortable in training by trying new things, using your weak foot more, checking your shoulder before receiving any pass (even in passing drills), playing faster, using different surfaces of your feet and etc. If you feel comfortable in training than you are not improving. There are always ways to get better. 

Catch Kellyn June 30th when the USL W League returns to Olympia, Washington at South Sound Stadium. Tickets available at and be sure to follow the club on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for live updates at

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