Former Soccer Player Signs to Play With Sevilla in Spain

August 22, 2019 | Athletics, News, Alumni
By Kaitlyn R. Layman

Former University of Toledo women’s soccer player Isa Echeverri has signed to play for Sevilla FC in Spain.

Echeverri previously played for the Greek club Elpides Karditsas FC and the Colombia national team. Echeverri will join Natalia Gaitan, former Rocket and fellow Colombia native, in the Primera Division. Gaitan plays for Valencia CF Femenino.

“It’s no surprise that Isa is getting this opportunity in Spain. She was an unbelievable player during her time with the Rockets,” said Head Coach TJ Buchholz. “She is very deserving of getting to play with one of the best teams in the world. This is a tremendous honor and opportunity for her. Sevilla is getting an exceptional player and fantastic leader. We are looking forward to watching her do great things in Spain this season.”

A 2017 graduate, Echeverri built an impressive resumĂ© as a Rocket that includes multiple conference and regional recognitions. Leading the offense during the 2017 season, Echeverri scored six goals, including three game-winners, helping the Rockets to their fifth Mid-American Conference Tournament title. Echeverri’s efforts earned her a spot on the All-MAC Tournament Team, All-MAC First Team, and All-Region Great Lakes Third Team.

The Medellin, Colombia, native was named to the All-MAC First and Second Team twice during her career, as well as two All-Region Great Lakes Third Team accolades. In 2014, Echeverri scored four goals and earned a spot on the All-MAC Freshmen Team. She was named the Rockets’ Offensive Most Valuable Player her sophomore year, finishing fourth in the MAC in scoring. She also earned the team’s MVP in her final season in the Glass City. Echeverri finished her Rocket career with 14 goals, including seven game-winners, and five assists.

Echeverri was successful off the field as well, earning Academic All-MAC and Distinguished Scholar Athlete honors during the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Professionally, Echeverri competed for the Colombia national team at the 2015 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics. She also competed at the 2014 Copa America Femenina Tournament and the 2015 Pan-American Games. As a member of the Houston Aces, the 2018 United Women’s Soccer National Champions, Echeverri scored three goals in seven games.

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