Angel City announced Monday the team’s second official signing, adding Mary Alice Vignola to the roster on a two-year contract.
We’re thrilled to welcome Mary Alice “MA” Vignola as ACFC’s second official player signing! Bienvenida a la familia, @MAVignola 🤍 #WeAreAngelCity #22DaysOfSoccerRead more → https://t.co/fdgNwUZ967 pic.twitter.com/xkAG7VFzIe— Angel City FC (@weareangelcity) December 6, 2021
We’re thrilled to welcome Mary Alice “MA” Vignola as ACFC’s second official player signing! Bienvenida a la familia, @MAVignola 🤍 #WeAreAngelCity #22DaysOfSoccerRead more → https://t.co/fdgNwUZ967 pic.twitter.com/xkAG7VFzIe
Vignola was acquired by ACFC after a trade with the Washington Spirit that saw the Spirit receive $30,000 in allocation money and allocated player protection in the 2022 NWSL Expansion Draft.
Vignola is the second player to officially sign with ACFC after USWNT star Christen Press inked a deal with the club in August, something she recently called “a dream come true.”
ACFC also has the rights to Julie Ertz and Sarah Gorden, who were acquired from the Chicago Red Stars.
“Mary Alice is an exciting young player that we are delighted to welcome to Angel City,” said ACFC Sporting Director Eni Aluko in a release. “Her athleticism and versatility as a defender is important to what we are building in our defensive unit with her ability to also have freedom in our attack. Her vibrant personality will also be positive for our team culture.”
The former Tennessee standout is set to make her NWSL debut after spending the last two years playing professionally in Iceland. She scored eight goals in 30 league games as a defender. Most recently she played for Valur, winning the league title with the club.
“It has been a dream of mine to play in the NWSL and I am beyond excited to get started in LA,” said Vignola. “Growing up watching players such as Abby Wambach, Christen Press, and Mia Hamm, I aspired to be like them. Now I get the chance to improve my game playing with them and for them. Having the opportunity to join this club that has already made such a difference in the community and building a family is something to be excited for. I can’t wait to get the season started.”