WSL side Angel City FC has inked a three-year contract with 16-year-old South Korean soccer prodigy Casey Phair.
After making her debut in the FIFA World Cup at the age of 16, the teenager disclosed that she had no interest in training or playing at her age level or pursuing college soccer. Post the tournament, she underwent training sessions with NWSL teams KC Current and Gotham FC but ultimately opted to sign with the Los Angeles-based club.
Casey Phair details her ambitions at Angel City FC
In an interview with ESPN, Casey Phair admitted her plans and why she chose Angel City FC:
“I played in the World Cup with and against the best players,” Phair said. “Coming back from that, I don’t really see how I could play U-17 and then go to college. I wanted to keep getting better and not just peak at the World Cup, then go down and go to college and then have to get back up to a professional level.”
“One of the biggest things I liked about L.A. was that it was similar to Korea, where I felt very comfortable in the environment and just meeting the staff and all the coaches and the other players,” Phair continued. “They were just so welcoming. They gave off the vibe that they wanted me there and that they wanted to help me. I thought Angel City had the best plan for me.”
Additionally, Angel City has secured the signing of its second teenager this offseason, adding to their roster USWNT talent Gisele Thompson, who happens to be the younger sister of Alyssa, a player in the 2023 World Cup. The infusion of such skilled young players bodes well for the future of one of the premier teams in the NWSL.
The upcoming 2024 NWSL season will commence in March, and Angel City aims to surpass their performance from the 2023 campaign. Now armed with the addition of two young superstars to their roster, the lingering question is whether their youthful talent will propel them to success this time.