Sweat™ is proud to introduce a new blog series to our followers, titled "Sweat On The Sidelines". We have tapped into our incredible network of hard working women in Sports Broadcasting, and are bringing you exclusive interviews to learn more about them and their journey. These women are crushing their TV gigs, embracing the Sweat™ lifestyle and, of course, rocking all the Sweat™ products as they do it.
Jordan Angeli, former professional soccer player and current TV analyst for the Columbus Crew, gives us all the details on being a sports-a-holic, staying positive through adversity, and never giving up on your dreams. This #SweatBabe is an inspiration and a light to everyone she meets. Read her story below!
Tell Us a Little About Yourself!
I am a sports-a-holic, so much so that a lot of my most defined memories growing up were based around sports: celebrating the Broncos win the super bowl in our cul-de-sac , going to the Avalanche Stanley Cup Champions hockey parade, and the best one of them all...watching the USWNT win the World Cup in 1999. Soccer became my first love, and I became obsessed with improving and striving for my own greatness at a young age. I got to play in National Championships for the best college in the country (Santa Clara University), for an Under 20 World Cup, and in two professional leagues (WPS and NWSL) while making the best friends along the way.
Besides sports... I want a dog but can’t decide what dog I want. I do think I’ll name it Rascal, so that bit is sorted. Family is so important to me and I spend more time with them than anyone else. I am more than slightly obsessed with my niece and cant wait to meet my nephew in a few weeks. Red Rocks is the best concert venue in the world, if you haven’t been, book yourself a show there as soon as possible. You won’t be disappointed :) I love hiking around Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and exploring the world. I hope to get to the national parks in Utah and Banff as soon as possible. Any recommendations to where to travel next? Send them to your girl.
Where can we watch or find you on TV?
You can find me on FoxSports Ohio calling all the Columbus Crew soccer games in MLS. I contribute to pre and post game shows as well as call the game as an analyst. When I am not calling games in MLS, I am all over the place. I am talking about MLS Tactics on MLS Assist podcast or working to help people going through ACL knee injuries through my company THE ACL CLUB and our podcast Show Your Scars. You can also see me at all the USWNT games here in the US as the in stadium host.
How did you get into the TV industry?
From a very young age I wanted to be involved with TV. I was drawn to performance in many ways: in front of the camera and on the soccer field. Although I desired to pursue acting and soccer when I was younger, there came a point in time where I had to choose one path or the other. Soccer won, and I am so glad it did. I had an incredible career playing with one of the best youth teams in the country winning national championships, went to my dream school of Santa Clara University where I got to compete in the College Cup and captain the squad for 3 years, represented the United States on an international level at the U20 Women’s World Cup in 2006, and made it all the way to playing professionally in the WPS and NWSL. My career on the pitch was filled with beautiful, joy filled moments of accomplishment and success. But sports also bring with them defeat, sacrifice, and life lessons. For me, my career was hampered by multiple ACL injuries on my left knee. Three to be exact. As I navigated the ACL recovery process, I found myself seeing the game from a different point of view. Yes, I knew how to problem solve on the field, but now I was learning to problem solve from afar while helping describe the game to my teammates. During my second year as a professional in 2011, I tore my ACL for the third time and was absolutely defeated. Unsure if I would ever be able to pursue my career on the field again, I started to channel my passion into television and broadcasting. It didn’t come easy and I really took the long road to where I am today. But you know when you just can feel something is for you? I knew from that first high school soccer game I called in the freezing cold Colorado spring that this was my thing. This was something that could keep me in the game because of my footballing mind. Over the course of the last 8 years, with countless emails, phone calls and persistence, I have made my way to calling some of the biggest tournaments and leagues in the country. Although my path to where I am now has been the long way around, I believe that sometimes it is worth taking the long way to get to where you are destined to go.
What is your proudest life moment?
My proudest moment is hard to pin down. There is nothing quite like standing on the field hearing your national anthem play and realizing that out of the thousands of people your age who play soccer, you get to represent your country on the world stage. Or when I got to call the record breaking moment when Christine Sinclair scored her 186 international goal. Still can’t believe that - she scored her 1-8-6th international goal and I got to call it. WHAT?!? Or when after 3 years of rehabilitation on my 3rd ACL injury on my right knee, I ran onto the field again as a professional soccer player. These all are big moments, the cumulation of so many things. I truly believe life has to be filled with your proudest moments. Moments when you realize that you had the opportunity to give up so many times, but for some reason, over and over again, you choose to fight. Every time I choose to fight for me and my dreams, is a proud moment I add to my list.
What is the biggest life lesson that playing sports has taught you?
People aren’t going to always believe in you. They will doubt you and not play you and do things that are completely out of your control. You will go through trials and injuries and be challenged in more ways than you can imagine. What I learned from all of this, is my belief in myself was always bigger than any other factor. It taught me that no matter the situation, I could always contribute, I could always be a good person and a good teammate. Sports helped me learn that my personal goals are important but who I was in pursuit of them was what would help me be remembered. I hope I am remembered as a great teammate and someone who really loved being a part of a team.
What's your favorite workout?
Fierce45. If you ever are in Denver and need a workout that kicks your butt, this is the place. After going through so many injuries, I searched for a workout that was non-impactful on my joints but burned out my muscles. It builds muscle strength but also mental strength, something that the inner athlete in me loves. Plus, they do everything to the beat and I can’t help sing-a-long in class, helps the 45 minutes pass quicker.
What does your "Daily Sweat" mean to you?
As a former professional athlete, I spent 5 years of my career rehabbing from 3 ACL injuries. I know what it feels like to not be able to move my body. Daily sweat to me just means appreciating how grateful I am to be able to move my body. Anything to get my heart pumping will do from dance session with my 20 month old niece, some pushups and core work, or a full out workout - each make me feel alive and happy. You can often see me kissing my injured knee after workouts thanking it for all we have been through and all we are able to do.
Why do you think it's important to make time for your "Daily Sweat"?
If we don’t fill up our own cups then we will have nothing to give to others! As women, we tend to spread ourselves thin (can I get an amen?!) We are doing so much each day for others whether we are moms, sisters, wives, teachers, or friends, we thrive on giving. We can’t forget to give to ourselves too! Working out can help me feel like I am taking care of myself physically and mentally. My daily sweat helps me fill up my cup so I can overflow and help others.
What is your go-to post workout snack or meal?
I love JuicePlus+ Vanilla Complete shakes. I mix mine with half water to help hydrate me and half coconut milk to give it a little texture and yummy taste. It is the only protein powder I have found that doesn’t upset my stomach and is all plant based with organic ingredients. My go to for sure :) And water!!
What is your favorite Sweat product and why?
I’m a 200 jar lover! I like knowing that I can quickly brush on my coverage and go feeling protected but also put together. I have never been a big make up person, so when I am not on camera you will likely find me with just the 200 on (and maybe the Illuminator because why not). On game days, I wear it all: 200, bronzer, illuminator, and rose goals for an easy look with enough coverage while also feeling like I still look like me aka my freckles still get seen.
What is the best advice you would give your 20 year-old self?
Learn to love the process. You will get knocked down, but girl you will rise! Growth is not linear so know that every hard moment will transform you into a better version of yourself. Embrace it. And keep that belief in yourself because it is your X factor.
What’s exciting coming up for you?
I have just moved from my hometown of Denver to Columbus, OH to take a job with the Columbus Crew. I am really excited for this new adventure and also couldn’t be more proud to be 1 of 2 full time female TV analyst in MLS. Catch me on a game or follow me on social media if you want some behind the scenes looks at my career. Also, I am finishing my first book about how we build strength through the trials. It has been a beast of a project but felt compelled to write so write I did. Nervous as all else to share it with the world but also pumped to hopefully help others through their trails in a positive way.
P.S. Thanks to Sweat for letting me share about my life. These women are not only badass entrepreneurs but they are former teammates, forever friends and amazing women. When you support them you support their dreams and their families. Thank you for creating a brand that is centered around how freaking amazing women are and how there is room for all of us to support each other and shine. xx, Jordan