No matter how much you understand soccer, it’s clear that goalkeepers play a unique role. Instead of dashing around the field, they patrol a relatively small area in front of the net. They wear different jerseys, and they’re the only players permitted to use their hands.
To excel as a goalkeeper, you have to have killer reflexes, smarts and the willingness to fling your body any which way to stop the ball from getting past you.
Morning Shift talks to Michele Dalton, keeper for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League about what it’s like to tend goal, how the Red Stars are doing this year and how the U.S. Olympic Women’s squad is shaping up for the games in Rio.