While FCT 253 men’s team is getting ready for the very big match on Sunday (the US Open CUP qualifying game against San Diego Flash), the technical staff of the women’s team is working on the roster that will play the 2015 WPSL season.
Federica Laddaga,midfielder born in 1987, March 28 is the first arrival from Italy and one of the most known players in the Italian landscape.
Federica will join the team in the end of May.
Let’s talk about yourself: how did you start playing soccer, why did it become your passion and why aren’t you playing anymore for a Club? “I started playing soccer by accident, I can say it. I always went with my dad to the field to pick up my brother after he finished the practice and one day they ask me to try. Since that moment I have never dropped it out. It was my priority. The positive experiences I had, the awards I won, the respect of my coaches and teammates always helped me to increase my self-confidence.”
Federica, who’s favourite position is attacking mid, began to play when she was 5, then she went to Milan Women’s Team at 13 years old. She owed this team a convocation for the U19 Italian National Team, because of the responsibilities they gave to her, that made her developed. When she was 25, Federica played for Inter women’s team, winning the league and the promotion to the Serie A.
“I played several years in the Italian Serie A: the league is the top of Italian women’s soccer and requires great committment. When my priorities changed I decided to stop. But I’m still practicing and keeping myself in the best shape.”
Federica has a bachelor degree in Sports Sciences and in “Preventive and Adapted Physical Activities” that allows her to work in a Soccer School for handicapped children.
Although you temporarily interrupted the game, you decided to join our team for 2015 WPSL season. Why did you take this choice? What are you expecting from this experience? “The problem is that I can’t retire definitively. I still practice and believe in such a beautiful game. But to start again I need the right incentive and I think that USA is the appropriate place. It has been years since I wanted to try this experience, but I have never had the time, until now. I do not have too many expectations but the ones to find a professional environment where to grow, play soccer and enjoy it!”
What do you know about the American soccer and which do you think are the differences with the Italian one? “I played a few games against some American college and I was fascinated by the enthusiasm. I could see girls who were having fun while being organized, cohesive and tough. They could have some lack, technically and tactically speaking, but they run and run and run…a real team!”