METUCHEN, NJ – It’s a busy time if you’re a former United Women’s Soccer (UWS) player, as seven alumnae are making news for both club and country. Three former players got the call to join the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) camp this week in Colorado, while four UWS alumnae inked professional deals overseas.
Ashley Sanchez (Santa Clarita Blue Heat – 2019), Catarina Macario (LAGOC – 2019 UWS National Champion), and Bethany Balcer (Grand Rapids FC – 2017 UWS National Champion) were all tapped for USWNT camp, being held from October 18-28 in Commerce City, CO. All three players are still looking for their first senior national team cap, and will have a chance to impress in camp alongside USWNT stalwarts like Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger, Kelley O’Hara, and Becky Sauerbrunn. Macario is one of only four college players invited to camp.
Chandra Davidson (Indiana Union – 2018) recently had the ink dry on her first professional contract, signing with Portuguese First Division side Sport Clube União Torreense. The Hamilton, Ontario, Canada-native joins her new team ahead of the 2020/2021 Liga BPI season. Davidson was a standout at Indiana University, punching in 13 goals in 75 appearances for the Hoosiers.
Samantha Dewey (Indiana Union – 2019 UWS Midwest Champion) signed her second pro deal with sc Heerenveen Vrouwen ahead of the 2020/2021 Vrouwen Eredivisie season. Dewey previously signed with Real Betis Féminas of the Primera Iberdrola – the top flight of women’s soccer in Spain. The Xavier University-alum collected 2019 UWS Midwest Player of the Year accolades after netting 13 goals and six assists (32 points) for the Midwest Conference champion Union.
Abi Kim (LAGOC – 2019 UWS National Champion) is on the move to Italy, signing with Fiorentina Women’s FC in Serie A. Kim, who was drafted 26th overall in the 2020 NWSL College Draft by Orlando Pride, also spent time on the USWNT U-20 team during their run in the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Kim netted 18 goals with 10 helpers during her 4-year collegiate career at University of California.
Taylor Kornieck (LAGOC – 2019 UWS National Champion), Kim’s teammate on both their UWS and NWSL squads, is packing her bags for Germany. The 3rd overall pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft has been loaned from Orlando Pride to MSV Duisburg in the German first division for the 2020/2021 season. The University of Colorado graduate was a four-time All-Pac-12 selection, finishing first in school history with 102 points.
Get to know UWS alumni like these each week as they take over the league’s Instagram story @uwssoccer. The next featured pro is Emily Burns from Calgary Foothills WFC (2019 UWS National Runners up) who now plays for Real Racing Club in Spain. Stay tuned as this Canadian-born backstop takes over the UWS instagram on Saturday, October 24th.