Catiana Vitanza

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Catiana Vitanza
Personal information
Full name Catiana S. Vitanza
Date of birth (1990-10-02) October 2, 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Playing position Midfielder/Forward
Club information
Current team
free agent
Youth career
1995–2001 AYSO/Allstars
2001–2007 Coast Soccer Premier League
2004–2006 Oak Park High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 ŽFK Mašinac
2008–2009 Eurospin Torres
2011–2012 Ajax America
2012–2013 FCF Como
2014– Santa Clarita Blue Heat
2014– LA Hotspur F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Catiana S. "Cat" Vitanza (born October 2, 1990 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional soccer player. She currently is a free agent. She also holds Italian citizenship.[1]

Early life[edit]

Catiana started her career playing in AYSO, AYSO Allstars, and Coast Soccer Premier League. She attended Oak Park High School (California) and played on the women's Varsity soccer team where they became CIF Participant and Tri Valley League Champions.[2][3]

Playing career[edit]

ŽFK Mašinac PZP[edit]

Vitanza began her professional career in Nis, Serbia when she signed with top women's club ŽFK Mašinac PZP Niš in 2007.[4] In signing with the club, she made history (along with her sister Aricca Vitanza) by becoming the first female American players to play in the Balkans.[5] She played with Mašinac for their 2006/2007 season, coming in second place in the league. In 2008, Vitanza again signed with the club and helped them become champions of the Serbian Prva Liga as well as win the Serbian League Cup. She went on to aid Mašinac in UEFA Women's Champions League 2008–09 (formerly known as 2008–09 UEFA Women's Cup).

Torres Calcio Femminile[edit]

Vitanza signed with Italian club Torres Calcio Femminile for the 2008/09 Serie A season.[6] She helped Torres finish in second place in the Scudetto and earn their spot in UEFA Women's Champions League 2009-10. Vitanza also aided Torres in Italian Women's Cup and the Supercoppa Italiana competition, in which they defeated rivals A.S.D. CF Bardolino in the final. Following Supercoppa competition, Vitanza participated in UEFA Champions League with Torres, in which they went on to defeat champion clubs from various European countries to ultimately reach the quarter-final stage.

Ajax America Women[edit]

In 2011/2012 Vitanza signed with top club Ajax America Women of the WPSL.[7] She played as a midfielder.

FCF Como[edit]

In September 2012, Vitanza returned to Italy and signed with FCF Como for the 2012/2013 season of the Italian Serie A (women's football). She played as a defender.[8]

Lincoln Ladies F.C.[edit]

In July 2013, Catiana was offered a spot on the roster of the Lady Imps Lincoln Ladies F.C., but unable to reach a contract agreement, Catiana returned to Los Angeles.

Houston Dash[edit]

In March 2014, Catiana joined Houston Dash of the NWSL for preseason camp, however due to an ankle injury left camp and returned to Los Angeles for treatment.

Santa Clarita Blue Heat and LA Hotspur F.C.[edit]

In May 2014, after being declared injury free, she signed with two semi-pro teams in the USL W-League and WPSL, Santa Clarita Blue Heat[9] and LA Hotspur F.C. [10] She is currently playing for both teams this summer of 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Vitanza has a sister Aricca Vitanza who is also a professional soccer player. They played together in their youth careers and in their senior careers at ŽFK Mašinac, Torres Calcio, Ajax America, and FCF Como.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loesing, John (2009-04-09). "Oak Park soccer-loving sisters enjoying competing abroad". theacorn.com. 
  2. ^ "Oak Park High School Varsity Alumni". ophsgirlssoccer.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Oak Park High School Varsity Alumni". ophsgirlssoccer.com. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Catiana Vitanza player profile on ZFK Masinac PZP official website". zfkmasinac.com. Archived from the original on February 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ Lomic, Zoran (2008-08-14). "Two Oak Park pro players to compete in soccer tourney". theacorn.com. 
  6. ^ "Calcio Femminile: Nuovi acquisti per la Torres". notizie.alguer.it/. 2008-09-26. 
  7. ^ "Ajax America Women Roster for the 2012 WPSL season". wpsl.info. Archived from the original on May 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Catiana Vitanza player profile on FCF Como 2000 official website". fcfcomo2000.com. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Roster for the Santa Clarita Blue Heat 2014 season". scblueheat.com. 
  10. ^ "LA Hotspur FC roster for the WPSL 2014 season". wpsl.info. 

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