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Venezuela international Sonia O'Neill inks one-year deal with London City Lionesses

London City Lionesses is thrilled to announce the arrival of experienced international midfielder Sonia O’Neill on a free transfer from Turbine Potsdam.


Sonia O'Neill, London City Lionesses & Venezuela

The Venezuelan playmaker inked a one-year contract with the Pride on Sunday [13 August] to become Carolina Morace’s latest summer recruit.


"It feels great to join the Club," explained O’Neill.


"There's a really positive attitude about the group and the girls have made me feel welcome from the first day I walked in. I love the way the coaches are giving feedback and the experience they bring to the table.


"I know that the goal for this season is clear, we want to get promoted. I've been playing away from home for twelve years now and I reached a point where I wanted to play at a high level in a country where I'm familiar with the language.


"I have family and friends in London, which made this opportunity stand out. I know players who have played here in the past and they have nothing but good things to say about the Club."


The Toronto-born midfielder arrives in the capital at the peak of an impressive professional career, spanning eight clubs from six countries around Europe.


O’Neill, who appeared twice for Venezuela at the 2022 Copa America Femenina, scored a brace on her senior debut in the Swedish Elitettan for Husqvarna FF and has since established herself as a reliable performer across the continent.


Transfers to Italy, Croatia, and Scotland followed for the versatile midfielder, who played an integral role for ŽNK Split as they clinched a historic domestic double and competed in the 2019-20 UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying round.


Sonia O'Neill, London City Lionesses & Venezuela
Sonia O'Neill, London City Lionesses & Venezuela

O’Neill also enjoyed a standout collegiate career with the University of North Florida and Niagara University, for whom she totalled a half-century of division one appearances.


First Team Assistant Coach Nicola Williams commented: “Sonia brings an impressive amount of international experience, which is exactly what we’re trying to bring to the Club. She will help to raise the level of the squad and the players around her.


“Sonia is an aggressive midfielder, who looks to get on the ball and links really well with the other players in her rotations. She is a box-to-box presence who we expect will help us at both ends of the field.”

 

Sonia has joined the Pride – and now it’s your chance.


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