• Tuesday Aug 16, 2016

    CU15G Q&A: Monique Perrier (Jamaica)

    The play and leadership of Monique Perrier (pictured) helped Jamaica win its last two games at the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls' Championship in Orlando, Florida.

    ORLANDO, Florida – Jamaica bounced back from losses in its opening two games at the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship with two straight wins to complete the tournament with a 2W-0D-2L record.  One of the reasons for the turnaround was the outstanding play of captain Monique Perrier.  The 15-year-old forward scored once in four games, netting the first goal in Monday’s closing 4-0 win over El Salvador.  She visited with CONCACAF.com for the fourth in a series of CU15G Q&As.

    What have been some of your team's objectives and goals at the CONCACAF U-15 Girls' Championship?
    Our objectives are to fight until the end and work hard as a team.  Our overall goal coming in was to win all our games and advance in the group. 

    At what age did you start playing football?
    I started at 5-years-old.  Most of the time, I hung around the boys and would play with them.  That's when a coach approached me and invited me to train and it just progressed from there.

    Who is your favorite football player and why?
    My favorite player is Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden.  We play the same position, lone striker, and I love the goals he scores.

    Besides the Andres Iniesta, is there any player in the history of football that you'd like to play a match with or against...and why?
    Alex Morgan of the U.S. women’s team because we both play the same position.  I feel she's the best player and I aspire to play just like her.

    When you're not playing football, what are some of your favorite things to do?
    I like to draw, play tennis, watch TV and go on social media. 

    As you look to the future, what would you like to accomplish in football?
    Get a scholarship and play D1 college soccer at UCLA in the United States.

    What has been the highlight of your young career thus far?
    The highlight was playing with the U20s at the age of 14.  Being so young and playing with them helped me both on and off the field, building character.

    If you could visit anywhere in the world for soccer or vacation, where would it be and why?
    Spain. I've never been and it would be a good experience.  Barcelona and Real Madrid.  It would be cool to be able to attend those soccer camps, playing and practicing with them.

    What motivates you as a player each day?
    I'm the only one in my family who has done well in sports.  My family and my teammates are great motivation.

    What does it mean to you to wear the jersey of your country in an international competition?
    It's a great accomplishment, privilege and honor to wear the Jamaican jersey.  I know only a few of so many are chosen to represent their country and that's a great feeling.

    Why is the CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship important to you and all the players here in Orlando?
    It is important because I know there are a lot of college scouts watching and we could get a scholarship offer.  That would be a big help for my family financially.  This tournament also helped me develop as a player with my national team and, hopefully, turn me into a college player.

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