W-League Side Continues to Develop Opening Day Roster
D'Amico was part of the 2004 W-League Champion Wildcats
West Windsor, N.J. (Monday, February 23, 2009) – In preparation for their upcoming W-League season, the New Jersey Wildcats officially announce today the addition of Delaware standout Alli D’Amico. The Manasquan, New Jersey, native is set to join the Wildcats when they travel to Long Island for a May 9th season opener against the Rough Riders.
“Alli is a returning player from the 2004 Wildcat championship team, and she brings to us a lot of experience,” Wildcats President Kevin McDermott stated. “She will do a great job in the midfield and as a target up top, and we are very pleased to have her on our team.”
D’Amico finished up an accomplished college career at the University of Delaware this past fall, concluding her time there with 41 points via 16 goals and nine assists. She was a four-year letter winner for the Blue Hens, receiving Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie Team honors her freshman year and All-CAA Third Team accolades following her senior season.
“Alli is a mature player that has the capability to play the role of a field general,” Wildcats Vice President Jim Gooley commented. “She has the experience and vision of an accomplished veteran, and she has proven to be a reliable player on the field.”
D’Amico is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic (NJ) High School, and she was pivotal in bringing her high school a pair of state championships following her junior and senior seasons. She was also named the Monmouth County Player of the Year in addition to being selected to the All-State Second Team following her senior year.
The New Jersey Wildcats played their debut season in the W-League in 1996 and has competed every season since. Under the guidance of then-head coach Charlie Naimo, the Wildcats compiled a 41-1 regular season record from 2004-06, winning regular season titles in 2004 and 2006 while taking the W-League championship in 2005. Following the 2005 season, the Wildcats were named the USL Franchise of the Year, and Naimo won the FieldTurf W-League Coach of the Year award in 2006.
The USL W-League played its inaugural season in 1995, and it is recognized as the premiere development league for female players in North America. The schedule is set to open next May and commence in August.