Following a extended courtship, Fiorentina has seemingly capped off their summer season buying spree with but a different international splash. By way of no fault of the Viola nor the player, Abigail Kim’s arrival had been delayed for about two months as a outcome of the European Union not permitting Americans to enter. Possessing now waited in quarantine for numerous weeks and clearing Covid tests, Abi was in attendance to watch the nail-biting victory against Florentia San Gimignano on Saturday.
So just who is Abigail Kim (Adhere to her on Instagram and Twitter), the topic of so significantly hype and excitement?
A native of Vashon, Washington, Abi arrives to Firenze by way of Orlando Pride, the 26th choose in the 2020 NWSL Draft. A standout for the Cal Bears (similar college as USWNT star Alex Morgan), Abi netted 18 ambitions and had ten assists in the course of her four year collegiate profession. She was twice named to the Third Group All Pac-12 and after to the Second Group All Pac-12. Abi was also chosen to the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Group for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s Globe Cup, assisting her understand a dream of hers.
When Abi was interviewed by the Orlando Pride web site she described herself as “A wing player without having needing to be forward. I am fine with outdoors back. I just assume I am a genuinely great particular person on the wing. I have some fantastic speed and athleticism and what people today may well not know about me is that I have genuinely higher hops.”
This signing screams excitement for Fiorentina Femminile fans, the only query that remains is exactly where does she slot in. 1 of the clues to answer this query could have come in our interview with Fiorentina Femminile head coach, Antonio Cincotta a couple of weeks ago. Antonio Cincotta when asked about taking the field with a midfield diamond had this to say. “We have one particular, two, 3, 4 great midfielders. We do not have wingers since [Lisa] De Vanna is out and [Alia] Guagni is in Madrid. We have Sabatino and Bonetti. When you shed a player like Guagni, it is not simple to replace.”
Is Abi Kim the heir apparent to Alia Guagni? Is Abi Kim the one particular who holds the crucial to the flexibility of the female Viola roster? She confident could be.
Take a appear at Abi’s highlight video (one particular of the 300 plus that Antonio admits he watches) and you will see the pace and ability that she possesses. To a Fiorentina fan, she reminds me a lot of Juan Cuadrado in the flexibility she has. Nonetheless at a relative young age, 21 years old, Abi will match correct into the makeup of this squad and most importantly, she will advantage drastically from Antonio Cincotta’s tutelage.
Taking a appear at fellow American, Janelle Cordia’s rise to starter final year, one particular would anticipate that if Abi is capable to break into the 1st group it will take numerous months to do so. That mentioned, do not be shocked if Abi does it sooner. She clearly plays for the appreciate of the game. She has the athletic capability and a different level of speed that most other folks do not possess. She is also motivated by not only conquering Juventus (hint, hint Abi!), but by breaking into the senior USWNT, which will take some carrying out.
For this and quite a few motives much more – USA Pride – we will be routing for Abi from the 1st moment we see her take the pitch in our beloved Viola. Taken from the similar interview with the Orlando Pride, Abi stated that she hasn’t genuinely ever been to the East Coast of the United States but that she appears forward to finding to know Orlando. If that is the case, we may well assume this could be the 1st time for traveling to Florence and even all of Europe. We hope she enjoys her expertise in Florence with our ladies and we ask that our dear mates in the Viola Club Go Women’s to show her the warm hospitality that they are identified for and take care of our girl.
Forza Viola! Forza Regazze! Forza Abi!