Reds sign experienced Chilean international
Adelaide United is delighted to announce the signing of Chile international, María José Rojas, for the upcoming Westfield W-League 2020/21 season.
The 33-year-old boasts an impressive pedigree which has seen her play in her homeland, the United States, Germany, Lithuania, Japan, Czech Republic, and indeed Australia.
Rojas has also enjoyed an accomplished international career, amassing 44 caps for La Roja while scoring 11 goals.
The forward has represented her country at both the 2018 Copa América Femenina, where she scored two goals as Chile finished runners-up to Brazil, and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In Australia, Rojas spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with local Women’s National Premier League (WNPL) side, Adelaide University, bagging a combined 66 goals.
She joined Canberra United for the Westfield W-League 2018/19 season and after spells abroad returned to Adelaide for the 2020 WNPL season with Salisbury Inter.
Rojas bagged 27 goals in 18 matches in all competitions to be awarded the Shirley Brown Medal for the WNPL Player of the Year.
Speaking on agreeing to join Adelaide, Rojas said: “I’m very, very excited and super happy to have this opportunity.
“Adelaide feels like home and it means a lot to me to sign with Adelaide United.
“I’m not here only to compete, but to win and have a strong season as a team.
“We have a really good group with many different types of players, which is important as we try to be as successful as possible.
“I have a special feeling about this year and I believe it’s time for Adelaide to consolidate all the hard work the Club has put into developing this team and make it all the way to the grand final.”
Adelaide United’s Westfield W-League Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, said: “María is another player that will bring experience to our squad.
“She possesses great technical ability and has explosive pace to cause opposition defences a lot of problems.”
Head of Women’s Football, Ivan Karlović, added: “María is someone we always wanted to have on board for the forthcoming season.
“A player of her calibre will certainly complement the team and add that extra bit of quality.
“The squad is almost finalised and we’re really happy as a Club with the shape of it and believe we will be extremely competitive as we aim to secure a finals spot.”