The North Carolina Courage have signed forward Kerolin Nicoli Israel Ferraz to a three-year contract, the club announced Monday.
The club used allocation money to buy out the remainder of her contract with Madrid Club de Fútbol Femenin.
🚨SIGNING NEWS🚨The North Carolina Courage have signed Brazilian forward Kerolin!Welcome to the squad, @kerolinnicolii!📰: https://t.co/b7zvU0Pcc5 pic.twitter.com/DKhfjYeB75— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) January 10, 2022
🚨SIGNING NEWS🚨The North Carolina Courage have signed Brazilian forward Kerolin!Welcome to the squad, @kerolinnicolii!📰: https://t.co/b7zvU0Pcc5 pic.twitter.com/DKhfjYeB75
“The addition of Kerolin is one we are really excited about,” said Head Coach Sean Nahas. “She is a dynamic player who is extremely dangerous in the final third. She is a technically proficient player who will add a lot to our attacking side of the game. Her recent rise on the international stage, both for national team and club, was something that caught the club’s attention. Having the chance to add her to our roster is something we are looking forward to.”
Earlier on Monday, the Courage traded Lynn Williams to the Kansas City Current in exchange for a 2023 first-round draft pick, goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland and $200,000 in allocation money.
Williams’ departure leaves a hole at forward that the Courage are likely hoping Ferraz will fill. In over two seasons with Madrid, she appeared in 24 matches and scored five goals.
At 22 years old, Kerolin has also represented Brazil on the international stage, earning her first senior call up in 2018. Over the course of 2021, Kerolin appeared in seven matches for the Canaries, scoring five goals.
“We are thrilled to add a very talented player to our Courage attack who will keep fans on the edge of their seats,” President and GM Curt Johnson said. “Kerolin has made a name for herself on the world stage and has proven she can play with the best and score goals. This investment in one of the best young players is another important step as we build our roster for 2022 and beyond.”
Kerolin will join a forward group that includes first-round draft pick Diana Ordoñez out of Virginia. The club traded away Jessica McDonald to Racing Louisville FC for the pick. With the departure of Williams, the group looks a lot younger than it did 24 hours ago.