Jamaica’s Trudi Carter of the Reggae Girlz is ready to travel to Italy to become part of the AS Roma women’s soccer team for the 2018-2019 season. Carter, 23, scored two goals in the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s World Cup qualifiers at Kingston’s National Stadium. Carter said she has not signed the contract with the recently formed Italian team yet as she is waiting for her visa, but according to her agent, the visa is on its way, and when she receives it, she will leave for Italy to officially sign the contract. Carter said she was excited to join the team and that playing professional football is something she has wanted her entire life. Carter, who grew up in Arnett Gardens, began playing soccer at an early age. “I have been through so much growing up in the ghetto. I will be living my dream, This will change my life,” Carter said in an interview with the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper. She credits her mother as the major influence in her life. She said her mother had to work very hard to support the family. Carter’s road to professional football began while she was a student at Jones Town Primary and played with the boys. She then attended Trench Town High School and played in the schoolgirls’ league. Carter received a scholarship to Navarro Junior College in Texas and spent two years there. She then attained a degree in Social Studies at the University of South Florida. AS Roma is a top-tier Italian team and issued official confirmation in June 2018 of its plans to enter a women’s team in the coming season’s Serie A women’s league. The Giallorossi team will be coached by Elisabetta Bavagnoli, and its home games will be played at Stadio Tre Fontane.
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