FC Buffalo captain Carissima Cutrona is headed abroad for the fall, signing a professional contract with Norwegian First Division club Medkila IL.
The Northern Norway side (near the Northern Lights!) has three months left in its season and has brought Carissima aboard for the stretch run as the 2003 Norwegian Cup champions are fighting to keep their place in the division.
“I am very excited and grateful to continue my soccer career overseas,” Cutrona said. “FC Buffalo has played a major role in my continued growth as a player and has prepared me for this next step. I want to thank everyone at FC Buffalo for helping me make this opportunity possible.”
Our two-season captain who inspired two playoff runs in United Women’s Soccer including this season’s run to the National Championship weekend, Cutrona departs FCB after a stellar career at Williamsville South and the University at Buffalo.
Cutrona, 26, scored 13 goals and added 16 assists in 25 appearances for FCB over two seasons. She also served on our women’s advisory board to help build the UWS side from the ground up.
“Carissima is the ideal person and player for any club, and she’s a role model for any player hoping to make their dreams a reality,” said FC Buffalo co-owner NIck Mendola. “Carissima has never put a ceiling on herself, and plays every day like she’s in danger of losing her spot. We’re proud to know our next generation got to witness her example up close and personal for two years, and hope that one day her journey brings her back in blue and gold.”
Carissima becomes the third FCB player to sign a professional contract in just over a year. Kelsey Araujo is in her second season at Le Havre in France’s Ligue 1 Feminin, while Marcy Barberic linked up with KR Reykjavik in Iceland.