Feb. 13, 2013
Former University of Louisville women's soccer assistant coach Carmelina Moscato has been allocated to play for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League.
Moscato served as an assistant under current head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes from 2006-08 before leaving Louisville to continue her professional playing career.
After leaving the University of Louisville, she went on to play with the Canadian National team where she was a defender in the 2012 Olympics winning a bronze medal. In addition to the Olympics, Moscato has been part of a Women's World Cup team (2011) and played professionally for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League, as well as playing for clubs in Italy and Sweden since leaving Louisville.
"The aspect of the NWSL that I am looking most forward to is the daily, high level environment that will be created due to the players involved," Moscato said of playing in the NWSL. "I believe that in order for you to be the best, you have to train amongst the best and this league is pushing everybody to raise the bar and bring the modern game to new heights."
The allocation process was conducted with assistance from a panel of experts familiar with the player pools, including individuals from the collegiate level, recent professional and semi-professional clubs, and the youth and senior national team level in North America.
Along with the panel's collective input on the technical ability of the players, in preparation for the allocation, players selected their preferred destinations and the clubs also provided their preference with regard to specific players and qualities of players desired. Based on the input from the panel of experts and the teams, players were assigned numerical values on quality and desirability.
"This allocation process is obviously a big step in building the foundation for this league and each of the teams will benefit from a group of very talented players," said NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey. "This is always a difficult process, but we believe there was a fair distribution of talent across all eight teams and with the NWSL College Draft coming up in Indianapolis on Jan. 18, the rosters of the clubs will really start to take shape."
Moscato will have the opportunity to play against players such as Alex Morgan, Hope Solo and Christie Rampone.