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Bay FC coach Albertin Montoya said previously that he was working on acquiring a world-class No. 9. On Thursday, she arrived.

Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala was announced on Thursday as the 2023 National Women’s Soccer League’s latest signing following the completion of a transfer from FC Barcelona.

“I spoke with [Montoya] earlier and I like the style of play, the style of football he wants to play,” Oshoala told The Equalizer. “I like the fact that he wants to do something different, something you don’t get to see in the NWSL every time because mostly this league is about transition. But he wants something different. He wants to keep the ball; he wants to play an attacking style of football. And I feel like coming from Barcelona, it’s something I would really love to be a part of.”

Oshoala just arrived in the Bay Area this week and will be looked to as the team’s primary goal-scoring threat in its first season of existence. Playmaker Deyna Castellanos, another international announced by Bay FC last week, will likely play provider to Oshoala, who is accustomed to scoring goals — and winning.

With Barcelona, Oshoala won a pair of European titles as well as Spanish league titles each of the past four seasons. Oshoala is a proven goal-scorer who helped Barcelona rise to the top of Europe since joining the team in 2019. She previously played in England for Liverpool and Arsenal as well as a stint in China.

“I feel like personally, my game. I’ve tried to learn how to adjust to different styles of football,” Oshoala said. “Because every few months, you have to switch from the national team to the club side, you go back to the national team, spend a couple of days — and as a player, you have to kind of like be able to adjust to all of these things. It’s not easy and I’ve been to different places anyway. I’ve been to Arsenal to China to Liverpool, and they’re all different styles of football, different all different types of players. They’re not the same, so this has actually helped me as a person to understand this and try to adjust myself to everything.”


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Nigerian teammates past and present have connections to the NWSL, including current international teammates Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash), Uchenna Kanu (Racing Louisville FC) and Ifeoma Onumonu (Utah Royals FC). Current Nigeria head coach Randy Waldrum previously coached in the NWSL.

Oshoala said she spoke with some of her Nigeria teammates who have experienced the NWSL and they spoke of the league in a positive manner, which helped with her decision.

Joining any team after playing for Barcelona, the new standard-bearers in global women’s club soccer is always a tall order. Moving teams is an adjustment for any player, period. Oshoala said she is ready for the challenge.

“From where I’m coming from, the experience and everything, I understand that you can’t get the same thing everywhere,” she said. “But that is actually something that’s going to shape me as well to help me work even harder for this team to be able to attain the same height.”





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Five talking points from Gold Cup-opening win – Equalizer Soccer

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The United States women’s national team kicked off the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup on Tuesday with a 5-0 victory over Dominican Republic. The result was predictable, but the United States’ lineup was not.

Interim head coach Twila Kilgore, with the remote input of impending coach Emma Hayes, rolled out a youthful starting lineup that played in a fluid, aggressive shape. Eighteen-year-old Olivia Moultrie and defender Jenna Nighswonger each scored their first international goals in the comfortable victory.

These are the big talking points from the match.

A refreshing lineup

It was expected that the U.S. would roll out some creative lineups at the Gold Cup, but to get that different of a lineup in the opening match was a pleasant surprise.

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Moultrie leads USWNT with a brace, Argentina tie Mexico – Equalizer Soccer

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With the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup solidly underway, the United States women’s national team has already taken center stage. Despite losing forward Mia Fishel to an ACL tear the day before matches began, the USWNT would go on to defeat the Dominican Republic, 5–0.

United States 5, Dominican Republic 0

The U.S. women’s national team got off to a quick start thanks to 18-year-old Olivia Moultrie, who scored in the eighth minute off an assist from Sophia Smith. It was Moultrie’s first start and first goal for the U.S. In the 30th minute, Midge Purce found Lynn Williams in the box to double the lead.

Purce connected with Moultrie in the 58th and the U.S. added a pair of penalty kicks in the final minutes of the game to extend the lead to 5-0. Jenna Nighswonder scored her first goal and Alex Morgan, who was called up after Fishel’s injury, scored her 122nd career goal. The U.S. dominated offensively with 31 shots and 10 on goal while holding the Dominican Republic to just one shot in the match.

Argentina 0, Mexico 0

An early foul and a missed penalty kick within the opening 10 minutes would come to define the rest of the match, as both teams struggled to take advantage of scoring opportunities. Mexico finished with 16 shot attempts to Argentina’s 3, the former going on the offensive as the second half began.

Despite their efforts, however, a combination of shots off-goal and clean saves by Argentina’s goalkeeper Laurina Oliveros maintained the scoreless draw until the end. The two teams will play again on Friday, with Argentina will taking on the United States, and Mexico facing the Dominican Republic.





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With the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup solidly underway, the United States women’s national team has already taken center stage. Despite losing forward Mia Fishel to an ACL tear the day before matches began, the USWNT would go on to defeat the Dominican Republic, 5–0.

United States 5, Dominican Republic 0

The U.S. women’s national team got off to a quick start thanks to 18-year-old Olivia Moultrie, who scored in the eighth minute off an assist from Sophia Smith. It was Moultrie’s first start and first goal for the U.S. In the 30th minute, Midge Purce found Lynn Williams in the box to double the lead.

Purce connected with Moultrie in the 58th and the U.S. added a pair of penalty kicks in the final minutes of the game to extend the lead to 5-0. Jenna Nighswonder scored her first goal and Alex Morgan, who was called up after Fishel’s injury, scored her 122nd career goal. The U.S. dominated offensively with 31 shots and 10 on goal while holding the Dominican Republic to just one shot in the match.

Argentina 0, Mexico 0

An early foul and a missed penalty kick within the opening 10 minutes would come to define the rest of the match, as both teams struggled to take advantage of scoring opportunities. Mexico finished with 16 shot attempts to Argentina’s 3, the former going on the offensive as the second half began.

Despite their efforts, however, a combination of shots off-goal and clean saves by Argentina’s goalkeeper Laurina Oliveros maintained the scoreless draw until the end. The two teams will play again on Friday, with Argentina will taking on the United States, and Mexico facing the Dominican Republic.





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