Kate Deines (left) and Veronica Perez (right) pose at their Icelandic club’s home stadium (photo from DawgsInIceland.com)
Kate Deines and Veronica Perez are currently playing for Stjarnan FC in the Icelandic Pro League. In this feature below, Veronica responds to questions about her new league and about her experience last season with the Sounders Women.
To follow along with Kate and Veronica’s experience in Iceland, see their website - DawgsInIceland.com
As her Seattle Sounders Women teammates were winning a gold medal, Veronica Perez was watching from her living room in Iceland.
“I was able to stream it live online,” Perez said by email recently. “Kate [Deines] and I were in our living room watching every second. We couldn’t take our eyes off the game. It was really exciting. They played great the entire tournament and I think my Sounders teammates stood out among all the players. To witness a team playing together, for each other, never giving up and show that determination to finish on top – you have to respect them.”
After leading the Sounders Women to the W-League Playoffs, and earning All-League honors as a result, Perez is now in Iceland trying to help her current club, Stjarnan, claim the league championship. Sitting in second place in the standings with five games to go in the season after their victory this past Tuesday, Perez and her Sounders Women teammate Deines are trying to help their side bridge a six-point gap to league-leader Thor / KA Akureyri.
Stjarnan has also reached the final of the Icelandic Cup, which is set to be held Saturday as they take on one of the club’s biggest rivals, Valur. Perez said the game in Iceland’s Urvalsdeild is less technical than in the W-League, but the competitiveness is very high.