FC Kansas City’s latest roster addition, Teresa Noyola, talks about her preference for adventure. She says she has a fondness for trying new things, meeting new people and seeing new places.
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
But only to a certain degree. At some point — and perhaps she’s there — Noyola would rather experience some steadiness in her life.
Maybe it’s on the way.
FC Kansas City acquired Noyola, 23, as part of a three-player trade on Monday. When she appears in uniform for the Blues’ match on Sunday against Western New York — a 3:10 p.m. start at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium — Noyola will be on the sideline for her fourth team in the past year.
In addition to her previous National Women’s Soccer League stop (Seattle), she has spent two-plus years on the Mexican senior national team and sixth months with ADO Den Haag, a professional team in Holland. Less than a year earlier, Noyola was playing at Stanford, where she was named the 2012 Hermann Trophy winner, awarded to the top Division I NCAA player.
“I’m a curious person, and I like to soak in the adventure of new things,” Noyola said. “But I’d like some more stability. Hopefully I can find that here.”
There are signs to suggest FC Kansas City can supply a good fit. Noyola is a technical, creative midfielder with an attacking mind-set — a style that seems to jell with the Blues’ possession-oriented game. She was acquired as part of a package for striker Renae Cuellar.
Noyola has been in Kansas City for only two training sessions since the trade, meaning she’s an unlikely candidate to start in Sunday’s match, even with Lauren Cheney slated to miss a second consecutive match for her wedding in California. But Blues coach Vlatko Andonovski hinted that Noyola may be considered in the near future.
“I think she’s going to fit in very well because of the player she is,” Andonovski said. “She’s a very creative midfielder who demands attention and is very good with the ball, and that’s a player who can fit into that position easily into our system. We have players she can play with.”
That point isn’t lost on Noyola, who has changed her tune about departing Seattle.
“I think initially I was upset because I think we were starting to figure it out as a team (in Seattle), and I was a part of that growth,” Noyola said. "But then as things started to sink in, and I realized where I would be coming, I got more excited.
“From the beginning, Kansas City is a team I was immediately attracted to because of their style of play.”
The next step, in that case, figures to be adjusting to a new set of teammates. Of course, it’s not the first time Noyola has been asked to do that in recent memory.
“I think playing for all the teams in the past year, that definitely helps,” Noyola said. “I’m used to it. I hope that I can bring the best of all of those teams here.”