Menlo News July 01, 2024

Espinosa ’22 plays in Vermont Green FC exhibition

Middlebury junior named to roster for sold-out women’s match

Carolina Espinosa ’22, a junior midfielder at Middlebury, couldn’t wait to watch a women’s exhibition match hosted by the United Soccer League’s Vermont Green Football Club, so when she was added to the team group chat and got the practice schedule from the coaches, she was ecstatic.
Menlo alum Carolina Espinosa greets fans at the sold-out women's exhibition match for Vermont Green FC in late June. Menlo alum Carolina Espinosa greets fans at the sold-out women's exhibition match for Vermont Green FC in late June.“The overall amazement of the experience and selection, however, came a few days into all of it when I really took in how important this game was for the Vermont community and women’s soccer,” Espinosa said.
The exhibition at the end of June pitted Vermont Green against FC Laval of ligue1 Quebec, and went a long way toward exploring the expansion of the club to a full-season women’s team.
Vermont Green FC is part of the USL League 2, a development league of amateur and semi-pro players from the United States and Canada. It sits below the USL 1 and USL Champions League professional leagues). There are USL 2 leagues across the country, including NorCal one of the largest divisions. The closest team to Vermont is New York. The exhibition was to gauge community support for a high-level team for women in the New England area, particularly Vermont, and it was an early sell-out.
“It’s a great step toward building a more competitive soccer scene in this area,” Espinosa said. “The success and record-breaking results showed us that there is so much love and support for women’s soccer especially for college players and that we, too, can play in the same environment as our male counterparts.”