Former Puerto Rico Women's National Team player Nathaly Villalobos has signed with Chattanooga Football Club for the 2022 season, pending league and USSF approval.
Villalobos, who played for her native Puerto Rico as a U15, U17, and U20, just finished her sixth season for Point University’s women’s soccer team.
Head Coach Randy Douglas, who also coaches at Point, is very familiar with his latest signing.
"We’re getting another high quality outside back in Nathaly Villalobos," said Douglas. "In addition to being a four-year starter she also represented Puerto Rico in FIFA qualifying competitions. She, like Anna Lanter, is a high energy player and will do a great job for CFC.”
Villalobos was easily sold on spending a summer in Chattanooga.
"Personally it is an honor to be part of the relaunch of the CFC Women’s team." Villalobos said. "I am excited to represent CFC and help encourage other girls to keep playing soccer."
In addition to the chance to live in a city a little larger than her college town, the history of strong fan support was a key draw to the Scenic City.
"It is very exciting to know that there is a lot of support for the Women’s team," she added. "I can’t wait to meet the fans."
Villalobos graduated from Point University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s in business administration.
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Hometown: Toa Alta, Puerto Rico
Most Recent Team: Point University
Favorite Team: River Plate
On the Playlist: Cosa Guapa by Rauw Alejandro and Heat Waves by Glass Animals
Social Media: Instagram @natydew
The 2022 season begins on May 22 with an away game in Nashville. The first home game for the Women's team is June 4 against North Alabama Soccer Club (Huntsville) at Finley Stadium. Reserved seats are on sale now at ChattanoogaFC.com/tickets. Admission to all Men's and Women's games is included in the 2022 Club Pass.
About Chattanooga Football Club
Chattanooga Football Club was founded in 2009 with a Men's team and established a Women's team in 2013 to begin play 2014. In its most recent season of 2018, CFC Women went undefeated in the regular season to become the WPSL’s Southeast Conference Champions. The Women's team went on hiatus for three years during a club reorganization and during the pandemic. Chattanooga Football Club became the first soccer club to offer true ownership to the fans in 2019 with 3,200+ investors from Chattanooga, all 50 states, and 31 countries.
About the Women’s Premier Soccer League
In its 24th season, the WPSL is the longest active women’s soccer league and with more than 125 clubs from coast to coast in 35 states and, serves as the largest women’s soccer league in the world. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international, and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy, and Brandi Chastain.