Sydney Schneider: Sparta women’s Jamaican keeper looks forward to derby

Photo: Ian Willoughby, Radio Prague International

Next Saturday, Sparta Prague will take on city rivals Slavia Prague in the women’s edition of the most fiercely contested derby in Czech football. In goal for the hosts will be 24-year-old Sydney Schneider, who just weeks ago was at the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with the Jamaican national squad. Ahead of the derby at Sparta’s 19,000 capacity Letná stadium, I spoke to Schneider at a club facility in the Prosek district.

Could you please tell us something about yourself – you’re on the Jamaican national team, but you’re from New Jersey?

“Both of my grandparents on my mom’s side, so both of her parents, were born in Jamaica and then they moved to the States. They had my mom and then she had me – so that’s how it can be possible.”

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Author: Ian Willoughby