2015 NWSL Rookie of the Year joins Wave FC

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2022) – San Diego Wave Fútbol Club has signed former Chicago Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico to its 2023 roster on a two-year contract through the 2024 NWSL season. The 2015 NWSL Rookie of the Year brings eight years of veteran NWSL experience to San Diego Wave FC.

“I’m very happy with the signing of Danielle. Danny brings with her a vast amount of league experience along with the ability to dictate the play in the midfield, and both of these qualities will really strengthen our team as we enter year two.”
Casey Stoney, San Diego Wave FC Head Coach

The Chicago Red Stars drafted Colaprico in 2015 from the University of Virginia as the ninth overall pick of the NWSL College Draft. The New Jersey native finished her collegiate career as the program’s all-time leader in assists and appearances with 44 and 100.

In her eight seasons at Chicago, Colaprico was pivotal in the midfield with over 150 matches played and six goals. In addition to her Rookie of the Year award, Colaprico was also named to the NWSL second XI in 2015, 2016 & 2017.

Colaprico has represented the United States at both the U-23 level (2015) and the senior Women’s National Team (2015, 2016 and 2018). The midfielder scored a goal during the U-23’s 2–0 defeat of Norway at the 2015 Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. Colaprico made her first senior cap on Nov. 8, 2018, subbing on in the second half of a friendly versus Portugal.

While with the Red Stars, Colaprico spent time on loan in 2016 and 2017 with Australian club Adelaide United. In 2018, the midfielder was loaned to Sydney FC where she helped her squad win the 2018-19 W-League Championship.

“I’m so excited to have signed with the San Diego Wave and continue my soccer journey here. Seeing the growth the team made in just one year is inspirational. I can’t wait to play in front of an incredible fan base and further develop as a player with my new teammates, under Casey Stoney.”
Danielle Colaprico, San Diego Wave FC Midfielder

Colaprico joins a growing roster of 19 players ahead of Wave FC’s second NWSL season:

Goalkeepers: Kailen Sheridan, Carly Telford
Forwards: Amirah Ali, Makenzy Doniak, Rachel Hill, Sofia Jakobsson, Alex Morgan, Jaedyn Shaw
Midfielders: Belle Briede, Danielle Colaprico, Taylor Kornieck, Kristen McNabb, Kelsey Turnbow, Emily Van Egmond
Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper, Mia Gyau, Naomi Girma, Kaleigh Riehl, Christen Westphal

Be there for every moment of Wave FC’s 2023 campaign by making your Season Tickets deposit today. Season Ticket members enjoy a one-of-a-kind game day experience at the new Snapdragon Stadium with an array of benefits like exclusive events, gifts, discounts and more. Supporters should stay tuned on club social media and at sandiegowavefc.com for additional player updates and information on the upcoming season.

About San Diego Wave Fútbol Club

San Diego Wave Fútbol Club is the 12th and newest member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The club’s vision is to be a force for good through the game of football and is led by President Jill Ellis, former head coach of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) and two-time World Cup champion. Together with Head Coach Casey Stoney, the club is bringing the highest level of world-class, professional soccer to San Diego. USWNT standouts Alex Morgan and Abby Dahlkemper were two of the first players signed to the club, which consists of athletes representing five international soccer federations, including the US, Canada, Sweden, England and Australia. The new Snapdragon stadium serves as Wave FC’s permanent home, where San Diego broke the record for both the NWSL Playoff attendance record and the NWSL regular-season record, with 26,215 and 32,000 fans. Wave FC also made history in 2022 as the first expansion team to make the playoffs before advancing to the NWSL Semi-Final. Learn more about the club and players at www.SanDiegoWaveFC.com.



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