Angelica Soffia just finished putting together arguably the best season of her playing career to date (at least her best season as a full-back) in Roma’s Coppa Italia-winning year, but that didn’t stop Roma from turning the heat up on Soffia in this summer’s transfer market. The reward for Soffia’s blistering form was increased competition for her role, in the form of none other than fellow Italian international full-back Lucia Di Guglielmo’s arrival from Empoli.
Much like Soffia, Di Guglielmo can play both flanks at full-back or wide-back. LDG also just earned her first senior Italy call-up in the 2020-2021 season—at the same position as Soffia. The only real difference between Roma’s two players is that Di Guglielmo is two years older than Soffia, and the former Empoli player knows what it's like to captain her club for more games than Soffia once did in a brief spell serving as AGSM Verona’s captain years ago. But other than that, you’ve got two like-for-like, early-twenties players competing for the same spot, for both the same club and same country.
Yeah... competition at full-back has never been so good for A.S. Roma. That’s why it’s important Roma showed faith and rewarded Soffia for helping the club’s football reach new levels of dynamic play last season.
The club has done exactly that, this morning, by reaching an agreement with Angelica Soffia that keeps the young Italian in Roma colors for the next two seasons. Soffia has signed on till the summer of 2023, which keeps her as a Roma player through the transition period that Serie A Femminile faces as it moves from semi-professional to full-on professional status within the next 12 months.
Personally, I couldn’t be happier that Soffia is a Roma player. But I also couldn’t be more surprised at just how happy I am to see Soffia as a Roma player.
Two or three seasons ago, I would have written about her as an also-ran; a hopeful sign that Roma keeps on investing in youth with the aim that some of it will come good at Trigoria. But I didn’t predict Soffia would reach the kind of levels she has this past spring.
If she manages to round out her defensive game to anywhere near as lethal as her attacking play is right now, then Roma have one of the best full-backs in Italian football at the club. They’ll also have a hell of a job keeping Soffia at the club, away from the likes of Juventus in the future.
Let’s just hope Roma can finally clinch Champions League football next year, more than ever.