The Park City High School product said that's always been her passion: the sport she grew up playing, eventually starring in high school, in college and then professionally.
A 2007 graduate of Park City High School, Reed was a dominant force and starred on two 3A state title teams with the Miners. She went on to play at the University of Portland before being picked No. 8 overall in the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league draft.
Now in her second year playing professionally, Reed, an outside back with the Boston Breakers organization, is plying her trade in a different league. The Women's Professional Soccer league folded in January, and after revisited efforts from owners and management across the league in mid May, it was announced on May 18 that the WPS could not longer work.
The Breakers, formerly of the WPS are now part of the WPSL (Women's Premier Soccer League Elite League).
Reed said her first reaction to the news that the league she dreamt of playing in vanishing was as expected.
"We found out a few months ago that they were suspending the league for 2012 and that was an initial shock," she said. "(The WPS) went through with the draft and everyone thought it was on for 2012, but it came out of the blue.
"Now hearing that the league is not going to be around, everyone is hoping it's not going to be the end of women's soccer in America."
Reed recently returned to the Breakers after a stint with the U-23 Women's National Soccer team in Carson, Calif., where the team had a small training camp and scrimmaged the U-20 women's squad which is preparing for an upcoming World Cup tournament in August.
The U-23's tied the first game and lost the second.
"It was bummer, but you have to keep it in perspective because they've been training together for a quite a while now," she said, laughing. "We'll get them next time."
Next time is a question Reed will have to face as her career moves forward. Now that the WPS has folded, her new league, which features eight teams, will keep her busy on the pitch until another potential opportunity arises, wherever or whenever that may be.
"Everyone, all of us, want to be able to play in the U.S.," she explained. "We've been doing a lot of promoting and appearances trying to get the Breakers' name out there. When the WPS folded, a lot of people didn't even know the women's league even existed."
Reed said since the WPS disbanded, professional regional leagues have been popping up around the country.
But, as it might to any professional soccer player, does the chance to play abroad appeal to Park City's Elli Reed?
"I am really happy that I came back with the Breakers this summer," she said. "It's still a really high level of soccer. I've always told myself I'd like to play overseas, if not for just the soccer experience, for the soccer culture. I would like to play overseas at some point.
"Right now, I'm living month-to-month, day-to-day. If I have to go overseas I will, but I would definitely like to help recreate women's soccer in the U.S."
She said many of the 2012 WPS draft picks weren't able to play professionally this year and she considers herself lucky to still be doing what she loves.
"I'm even grateful that I got to play a season," she said. "I'm very grateful for that."
The 22-year-old outside back said she is keeping her ear to the ground.
"I'm just trying to focus on what I'm doing now with the Breakers, just trying to plan on the future," she said. "We're all trying to figure out what might be happening here in the U.S. When that time comes, I'll make that decision with that information."