On the soccer field, most fans know FC Kansas City’s Desiree Scott as a 5-foot-3 midfielder who is not afraid to tousle and tackle her opponents to win matches. That’s why her coaches call her “Desiree the Destroyer” despite her small stature. In 2010, her beast-mode tenacity earned Scott a spot on the Canadian national team and since then, the 30-year-old has earned 126 caps and an Olympic bronze medal from the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.
But “The Destroyer” is not always as aggressive as she appears to be on the field. Just hang out with her on the sidelines during practice and watch her crack a joke, dance or drop a rhyme, spreading her bubbly energy among her teammates through silly games and conversation. Behind the Scott’s mean game face is a woman who genuinely wants to get to know the heart of her team.
“I love getting to know the players on the team and see different sides of them,” Scott told Excelle Sports.
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In July, FC Kansas City and their media team recognized the potential in Scott’s gentler side and asked her to start her own YouTube show called “Dishin’ with the Destroyer.” The show, which is about to debut its fourth episode, is the latest National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) YouTube sensation that will have fans smiling, laughing and interested to see what the Kansas City squad is all about.
“Everyone on this team is so unique and has their own strengths and I think [the show] is just a cool way to show what fans may not know about them,” said Scott.
For example, fans may not know that forward Shea Groom treats herself to a “Doughnut Day” every time she scores or that starting goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart is a skilled sushi chef. As a foodie, Scott will tell you she had a lot of fun filming those episodes.
“I love to eat and Barny is such a talent and we made a really good dish yesterday,” she said. “But the one that surprised me the most would be painting with Mandy [Laddish] who’s a talented portrait artist. I’m the least artsy person you can imagine, but my painting turned out way better than I could have imagined. It was cool to see something some from nothing.”
Though she has had no prior journalism training, Scott is a natural when it comes to asking questions and adding little quips for comic relief. She said she could see herself doing soccer side-gigs in radio or television—just for fun, though. For most of her life, Scott has been a bit camera-shy, she said.
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“Even sometimes now I’m like, ‘I don’t want to do this,’” Scott said. “But after a few minutes, I get into my element. It’s definitely something I got more comfortable with national team stuff and being more in the public eye and having interviews.”
When asked what “Dishin’” would serve up for the rest of the year, Scott laughed and said she didn’t want “to give too much away.” She was just kidding around, of course.
But with just three weeks left in the NWSL season, her show will have to take a backseat as her team continues to fight for a spot in the playoffs. Only four teams qualify for the playoffs and Kansas currently sits in seventh place with a 7-5-9 record and 26 points.
This Saturday, Kansas City will face the fourth-ranked Chicago Red Stars in an attempt to climb up the leaderboard. When Scott steps onto the pitch, the friendly, secretly-camera-shy show host will melt away and the fierce “Destroyer” will take her place. Scott is ready for the challenge.
“Chicago is one of the strongest teams in the league,” she said. “They’ve got pace going forward. They are strong throughout the middle and they have a really strong backline. We won four of our last five games so we are doing well. So we are going to focus on getting a win and finishing up the season with as many points as we possibly can.”
To watch the game fans can catch it this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET on Lifetime.