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NWSL: Racing Louisville Sign Free Agent Midfielder As Kgathlana Pens Emotional Farewell Message

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) outfit, Racing Louisville has signed free agent midfielder Marisa Viggiano to a two-year contract.

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Viggiano’s deal with Racing runs through the 2025 season, adding five years of NWSL experience to one of the league’s most talented midfield corps.

The Michigan native spent the past two seasons with the Houston Dash before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

The 26-year-old represents the first free agent signing for new head coach Bev Yanez as Louisville builds toward the 2024 campaign.

Over her five years in the NWSL, Viggiano has four goals and two assists in 80 appearances and 5,372 total minutes.

She has started 14 or more games each season, including 14 this past season in Houston.

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In 2022, Viggiano totaled two goals and two assists in 18 starts while helping Houston reach the NWSL playoffs for the first time in club history.

A central midfielder, Viggiano is known for her passing and vision.

According to Opta statistics and analytics, Viggiano ranked in the top 50 in the NWSL in shot-creating actions and the top third of midfielders across the top nine leagues in the world in progressive carries, successful take-ons, and blocked shots per 90 minutes of play.

Viggiano first broke into the league with the Orlando Pride. A fourth-round pick, she played in 40 games and scored twice. While playing her club soccer in Orlando, Viggiano was part of the United States under-23 squad that won the 2019 Nordic Tournament, claiming the trophy alongside future Racing teammate Jordan Baggett (then DiBiasi).

At Northwestern, Viggiano finished tied for second in program history with 20 career assists after matching the third-highest consecutive matches mark with 83 straight appearances. She was a two-time All-Big Ten performer who helped the Wildcats reach four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16 in 2016.

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She’s joining UANL Tigres for the second-highest transfer fee in NWSL history for a player departing the league for a foreign club.

"While my time at Racing Louisville was short-lived, I am truly thankful to the fans and the people of Louisville for their support," She stated.

"The affection and experience I received at the club will always be a big part of my life and career. I am sure we will all cross paths again in the future." She concluded.

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