Roma Women are losing another of their original members in the shape of Angelica Soffia, who is set to join Serie A Femminile rivals AC Milan.
Soffia has been with Roma since the start of their journey in 2018, when she joined from Verona.
During an exclusive interview with Giallorossi Yorkshire midway through that season, then-teammate Emma Lipman said, “Angie has so much potential with a very good footballing brain to go with it. As long as she continues to work hard, learn and challenge herself I believe she has the ability to become whatever player she wants.”
In the few years that followed for Soffia in Rome, she began fulfilling that potential. For example, during the 2020-21 season, she played an important part in Roma’s first Coppa Italia Femminile triumph.
However, that summer saw new coach Alessandro Spugna bring Lucia Di Guglielmo with him from Empoli. Generally, Di Guglielmo was favoured in the full-back role when Spugna selected a back four; alternatively, when Roma went to a back three, the wing-back berths were often occupied by more advanced players.
Hence, Soffia only made 10 starts in Serie A Femminile in what has turned out to be her final season with Roma.
She announced her departure via a lengthy statement posted on Instagram on Wednesday night.
It is expected that she will be joining Milan, where she will reunite with former Roma forwards Lindsey Thomas and Martina Piemonte.
Soffia departs Roma as one of their most-used players of all time. Her tally of 85 appearances for the club in all competitions (including 68 starts and two goals) can only be bettered by Annamaria Serturini and Elisa Bartoli.
Serturini and Bartoli, along with Claudia Ciccotti and Giada Greggi, are now the only remaining members of the original Roma Women contingent.