Chicago Red Stars defender Arin Gilliland's day begins at 8:45 a.m.
It takes her, without traffic, about 10 minutes to make the drive from her home in Westmont, Ill., to the Red Stars' training facility in nearby Oak Brook.
By 9:45 she's hit the field for practice and by 12:30 p.m. she's done. For the day.
"I kind of went crazy," Gilliland said about the change of schedule from her days at the University of Kentucky. "For the first month not knowing what to do with my free time. I tried to find little hobbies like writing pen pals and I became an avid Netflix watcher."
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The transition off the field for Gilliland wasn't easy.
It played out differently on the field.
Ten games into the Red Stars' season, she has played the fourth-most minutes on the team and has notched one assist, two shots on goal and seven shots total.
At the season's halfway point, the Red Stars (6-1-3) are in first place in the National Women's Soccer League after Sunday night's 2-1 win at Houston.
"It's a constant battle to see who's on the field," Gilliland said over the phone from Chicago. "Every training makes you better. I think that's what everybody in this league lives for. You go to training and it's competition everyday. If you're a soccer guru like I am, that's all you can ask for. Having a competitive atmosphere everyday."
That competitiveness helped her become the No. 8 pick of the 2015 NWSL Draft.
Gilliland departed Lexington as the greatest women's soccer player to don the blue and white. Her coach at UK, Jon Lipsitz, went so far as to claim that she'll be in the UK Hall of Fame within five years.
In four years as a Cat, Gilliland scored 30 goals and set UK records with 278 shots and eight career game-winning goals.
"Yeah I do," Gilliland said when asked if she missed college. "I miss the rivalries between certain schools. But I don't miss some teams that you play. ... I don't want to say that you're wasting your time, but the talent isn't as good and you kind of can get bored with a game."
As a professional soccer player, it's doubtful that she'll find herself bored again. Do that, and she may find herself out of a job — a harsh reality for the rookie who has National Team aspirations.
"These girls look at training like it's a business," she said. "It's their job and they're not messing around. They want to be on the field, there's not a single person who just wants to be a practice player or play a supporting role."
No player wants to be stuck in that supporting role. Not just because of the lack of playing time, but the lack of pay. Reserve players receive no pay, and the pay isn't much better for players under contract.
Data analysis website Atlas crunched the salaries for the five major team sports and the NWSL. The minimum salary for the NHL is $500,000; the NBA, $507,336; MLB, $500,000; the NFL, $420,000; Major League Soccer, $60,000.
And for the NWSL: $6,842, with the reported maximum salary of $37,800.
The 2015 Federal Poverty Level for individuals is $11,770, which is why many of the players take a second job. Gilliland has taken up personal training, not just to fill her free time, but to help supplement a meager soccer salary.
"It's not what we would like," she said. "But it's a league that's still growing and it's enough to get us by. Every girl obviously doesn't play for the money. We play for the love of the game and we want it to continue to grow. It is kind of crappy when we see how much the National Team girls are making and we're not making as much."
All that does, however, is serve as motivation for Gilliland, who has some experience at the national level. She took part in training camps for the U23 Women's National Team in 2014.
Her goal, like every American women's soccer player, is to represent the U.S.
"I would like to start getting my looks in," Gilliland said. "But I'm not sure how many times they will be bringing in new faces because they just did win a (World Cup). I'm not sure how much they're going to want to change it."
But she doesn't have to look far for national level competition. Four of her Chicago teammates are World Cup champions: Julie Johnston, Christen Press, Lori Chalupny and Shannon Boxx. Four more played for other nations in the World Cup.
Getting the players back, Gilliland said, will be a boost for the league, which took a hit while the World Cup was going on.
"Having the World Cup this year put a damper on the growth that it was having," she said of the league. "Just because people pay to come see the girls that they see on the posters for the U.S team. That's who they advertise for and those people aren't here."
Having those players back will hopefully fill the stands at Benedictine University Sports Complex, the home of the Red Stars.
"Getting those girls back, now that they've won," she added. "People will be stoked to come out and see them."
Gilliland hopes to add a World Cup to a soccer résumé that included a 2014 ESPNW Female Athlete of the Year nod.
But, she's taking it a year at a time.
"Hopefully within this next year or two I can get my looks in and my foot in the door," Gilliland said. "I want to make a name for myself, that's the plan."