PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 30, 2014) – ScarletKnights.com caught up with recent graduate Jonelle Filigno prior to the Canadian National Team’s matchup with the U.S. National Team on Friday, Jan. 31 at 9 p.m.(EST) in Frisco, Texas. The match will be held at Toyota Stadium, home to FC Dallas of Major League Soccer, and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.
Filigno, who played and scored a goal for the Canadian National Team in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, will make her 56th career appearance with the squad.
The Canadian National Team product finished her impressive career “On the Banks” this past fall in first place all-time with 17 game-winning goals, fourth with 33 goals and 79 points and sixth with 187 shots.
What has training with the Canadian National Team been like since graduating?
“It’s been good. I’ve just recently gone back into full on training since my knee injury about two and a half months ago against Memphis. It’s been a slow progression for me. We wanted to be pretty conservative and make sure it was completely healed up, and now it’s a hundred percent. I’ve just been building myself into full training. As soon as I started full contact training I was right in there. It’s been about eight months since I’ve been with the national team so it’s good to be back.”
Do you miss Rutgers?
“I miss the people, but I don’t miss doing school work. I’d much rather play soccer all the time, but I definitely miss the girls and I miss the team. I’m really excited about this new beginning in my life and there are a lot of things happening and hopefully happening in the near future so I’m excited to be able to explore all these different areas. It’s pretty cool.”
How proud are you to have graduated as a Scarlet Knight?
“To me, it’s amazing to just be done and have that degree on my shoulders. Obviously I’m not going to be playing soccer forever so it’s something I’m able to fall back on when I’m done playing. I’m just so happy I did it at Rutgers and I got my degree at Rutgers. It’s pretty cool – it took me long enough to finish but I’m happy to have my degree.”
What does the matchup between the U.S. and Canadian National Teams mean to you?
“It’s always a big rivalry for us – one of the biggest ones. We’re really excited for the game and we’ve played them enough times in the past where we know what we’re getting ourselves into. We’re just really excited and it’s always an exciting match when we go against the U.S.”
What is it like playing on the world stage for the Canadian National Team?
“It’s the biggest honor. The biggest honor I have is to wear my national team jersey. Words can’t describe what it means to be able to represent your country. You can’t really explain it, it’s such an amazing feeling to be part of such a great team and a great program and to know that you have a country behind you and supporting you is an amazing, amazing thing. I never take it for granted and it’s something I always treasure.”
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