EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The 2016 United Women’s Soccer (UWS) Player of the Year may be moving on up from the pro-am ranks to the top league in the world. New Jersey Copa F.C.’s top-scoring forward Krystyna Freda is slated for a trial with the Western New York Flash of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), who are currently in third-place (and in playoff position) with a 8-5-2 record. Freda’s 15 goals and three assists (33 points) for the East Conference champions this past season won the UWS scoring race by a tidy margin.
“I loved playing for Copa because the coaches were so great and they helped me work on a bunch of things I needed to refine and take myself to the next level,” said Freda in a NJCFC release. For the full Q&A, click HERE. “Everything that Copa did for me, practices, connections, it’s all paying off and now when I go to New York it’s going to happen.”
After being held scoreless in her first game in Copa colors, the Somerset, NJ-native would go on an impressive run of form, netting a goal in eight of the last nine games to finish the regular season. Freda’s success should not be a surprise, as in 2015 for Merilappi United in the Finnish Naisten-Liiga, she scored 10 times in 14 games and had three Game MVP selections to her credit. The former Winthrop University star has been a goal machine for some time now, as she notched 63 goals in her four-year career for the Big South Conference side.
“There is no doubt that Krystyna is going to be a great example for young girls in our academy and girls around the country who look up to one day playing in the NWSL,” said NJCFC Head Coach & 2016 UWS Coach of the Year Roberto Aguas.
About United Women’s Soccer (UWS): UWS is a national women’s soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer through the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship match. The UWS player pool is comprised of college players, aspiring & former professionals and international stars. You can follow UWS on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
UWS is managed by EDP, a leading soccer management company that runs a number of leagues and tournaments. In addition to UWS, EDP operates youth leagues that includes an NPL league, the EDP Super Club program, the EDP Premier League and the EDP Championship League. EDP also runs EDP Futures programs for U-7’s to U-12’s and it conducts more than 20 youth tournaments, including tournaments within its EDP Cup Series and EDP Showcase Series.
Media can contact UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen by e-mail at Press@UWSSoccer.com. You can visit the league’s official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Commissioner Joe Ferrara by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.