Fiorentina Femminile, have completed the signing of Liberian-born Ghanaian -US Youth International female striker Abigail Kim, the club announced on Wednesday.
Kim, born to a Ghanaian father and Liberian mother, will continue her glittering next chapter at Viola Women for the long term.
Fiorentina C. F. Femenino announced the capture of the goal poacher who notched 18 goals and had 10 assists during her 4 year collegiate career.
She was twice named to the Third Team All Pac-12 and once to the Second Team All Pac-12.
Abi was also selected to the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, helping her realize a dream of hers.
The United States Women National team USWNT U20 Player Abi Kim, has since been linked with the Italian Club for a while, but the move was delayed for two months as a result of the European Union not allowing Americans to enter.
Having now waited in quarantine for several weeks, the Liberian-born Ghanaian and United States inherited forward, will next season don the purple jersey after she was cleared of the Covid-19 test by the Club.
Kim was in attendance to watch the Florence’s nail-biting victory against San Gimignano on Saturday.
She is expected to join coach Antonio Cincotta’s ladies later this week and pen down the contract that is said to be lucrative, a source in Italy told Liberian Sports International.
She joined the club, from United States of America National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) side Orlando Pride Women for an undisclosed and will replace ACF Fiorentina Women Captain Alia Guagni who left the club after mutual agreement.
The Liberian decent has huge task to replace Guagni who helped the Viola to win one Scudetto title, two Coppa Italias and one Italian Super Cup.
Guagni was also an important part of Fiorentina’s European campaigns during her time with the club, helping to spearhead the women’s football movement in Italy and winning the heart of the city of Florence.
“From my roots, getting here and at this far it wasn’t easy, huge tasks and challenges, that I have overcome and is realizing my dreams and what I am destined for” she was quoted by LSI Sports in a brief interview.
“I’ve always stayed positive and working hard every day to achieve my goals, and my being is worth commending I am here to do my best and to help the team, despite the task ahead the feeling remain positive,” the former Seattle Sounders Striker asserted.
Abigail Kim was born in Monrovia to a Ghanaian father and a Liberian mother, but was adopted by Korean-American parents. She was raised in Seattle USA and has represented the US female National U20 team. Her adopted parents are Jin and Sue Kim of South Korea, who live in the United States.
Despite playing all youth levels with the United States Women National teams (USWNT), Kim is eligible to play for the Female Lone Star, given the fact the ex- Seattle Sounder and California Golden Bears youth player is yet to be capped by the United States Senior Women’s National team.
By Emmanuel Wise Jipoh