Rosie Tantillo Joins SeaLions for 2011 WPSL Season
Women's Soccer News: SEALIONS ADD WPS CHAMPION TO 2011 ROSTER
Former Midfielder for the FC Gold Pride, Rosie Tantillo Joins SeaLions
The San Diego SeaLions (WPSL) announced the addition of former Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) midfielder Rosa Anna Tantillo to their 2011 roster. Tantillo signed with the FC Gold Pride of the WPS in April of 2010 as a free agent. She helped lead her team to their first WPS Championship against college teammate and current U.S. National Team player, Amy Rodriguez. This summer, Tantillo will don a SeaLion jersey and set her sights on a WPSL championship.
“I am really looking forward to playing with the SeaLions,” said Tantillo. “I have never had the chance to play in San Diego where I was born and raised, outside of club soccer. Now it will be easy for my family and friends to come watch and support me. I want to help the SeaLions get to the playoffs, make it to the final four, and then win the whole thing. I’m the type of player that takes it game by game. I like to focus on the small picture before focusing on the big one.”
A San Diego native, Tantillo earned All-CIF honors four years at La Jolla High, which helped secure her spot in the midfield for the University of Southern California. During her career as a Trojan, Tantillo was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and went on to earn All-Pac-10 First Team honors the next three seasons. She is etched in the USC history books as the No. 2 all-time leader in game-winning goals (12), and No. 3 in assists (25) and shots (224). Before signing with FC Gold Pride, Tantillo played for the Pali Blues and Buffalo Flash in the W-League. Tantillo was also a member of the U-21 and U-23 USA National Teams.
“Rosie is a great technical offensive player, and is a great addition to the SeaLions,” said SeaLion Head Coach Jen Lalor-Nielsen. “She’s creative on the ball, and has an incredible shot. I expect her to be one of the players to run the offensive show for us. She has played at the highest level, and that experience will be extremely beneficial for this team. She is definitely one to watch this season.”
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