Asisat Oshoala leaves Barcelona for US club

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, has left FC Barcelona Femini to join a new National Women’s Soccer League team, Bay FC, in the United States.

Bay FC confirmed the new signing in a statement on Thursday.

The six-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year has signed a two-year contract with Bay FC, with the option to extend it by one year until 2027.

“Bay FC, the Bay Area’s new women’s professional soccer franchise in the National Women’s Soccer League, have acquired the rights to Nigerian international Asisat Oshoala through a transfer with FC Barcelona Femení of Liga F in Spain in exchange for a transfer fee, the club announced today,” the statement went on to say.

“Following the transfer, the forward was signed to a contract through the 2026 season with an option for the 2027 campaign.

“She will join the team and be added to the roster pending the receipt of her P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate. Oshoala will occupy an international roster spot.”

Announcing her signing on its X page on Thursday, the club wrote, “The Agba Baller has arrived,” alluding to Oshoala’s nickname, which means “Legendary Footballer” in Yoruba language.

Oshoala had a five-year stint at FC Barcelona Femeni, scoring 107 goals in 149 appearances

She won multiple UEFA Women’s Champions League titles, Spanish league titles, Spanish Super Cups, and the Copa de la Reina.

Bay FC is a new women’s professional football team that plays for the Bay Area in San Francisco and is the 14th team to join the NWSL.

The club was established in 2023.