STATESBORO, Ga. – South Georgia Tormenta FC announced the addition of defender Róisín McGovern to its 2023 USL W League title-defending roster, pending league and federation approval. The Ireland native joins Tormenta FC after captaining Temple University in 2022. In 2019, McGovern captained Ireland’s U19 team in the UEFA Women’s Championship qualifiers and led them to advance to the Elite phase of the championship.
“Róisín is a very composed and confident center back, who can build the game from the back, make all the passes and lead the group. She is great in the air but can win the tackles as well. She is always dangerous on attacking restarts and will be a key player for us on our set pieces. Her experience as captain of the Irish U19 youth national team will be invaluable as we build our back line to be one of the most difficult to break down in all of the USL W League.”Jim Robbins, Tormenta FC USL W League Head Coach
Since 2020, McGovern has been a staple in the defensive line at Temple University. McGovern has featured in 42 games for the program, clocking in 3,744 minutes. In just one year, McGovern became the team captain for Temple and continued to captain Temple in 2022.
In the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 season, McGovern competed on the Ireland Women’s U17 National Team that played in the UEFA U17 Championship. In 2019, McGovern received another national team call-up to the Ireland Women’s U19 National Team that won seven straight qualifying games. McGovern captained her nation in the UEFA Women’s Championship qualifiers and led them to advance to the Elite phase of the championship.
McGovern also featured in Asheville City’s inaugural USL W League campaign in 2022, leading the team to a fifth place finish in the South Atlantic Division. McGovern featured in nine games, accumulating 700 minutes and scoring twice.
In June of 2021, Tormenta FC was named a founding member of the USL W League, an elite pre-professional pathway for women looking to build their careers both on and off the pitch. Tormenta FC won its first-ever USL W League title in 2022 after defeating the Minnesota Aurora in front of 6,500 fans in Eagan, Minnesota.
Tormenta FC provides opportunities to local and national players to develop and start their professional careers in Statesboro, Georgia. In just one year, Tormenta FC’s USL W League team has produced six professional players with Sydney Martinez joining Jenae Packard, Emily Burke, Kelly Giddes, Abigail Wolf and Jodi Medina as the latest player to sign a contract in Europe.
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