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Londoner Jade Kovacevic signs first professional contract with Italy’s Roma Calcio

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She is just months removed from being named the Canadian College Women’s soccer player of the year.

She has dominated League 1 Ontario. This past summer, she led the league with 26 goals in just 16 matches.

Now, Londoner Jade Kovacevic will test her skills against some of the best female players in the world. She announced on her Instagram page Tuesday that she has signed a professional contract with AS Roma of Italy’s Serie B side. The team is called Roma Calcio Femminile.

Kovacevic scored 30 goals for the Fanshawe Falcons as they went undefeated on their way to a provincial title. Her coach with both the Falcons and FC London was Mike Marcoccia and he described his star striker as “not only an exceptional player, but also an excellent role model who understands that she has been given an opportunity to influence the next generation of female soccer players.”

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Now, she will get the opportunity to do that in Italy.

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