Alana O'Neill and Mimi Asom are Benfica's latest signings for the women's football team. The American players prove to know the dimension of the Club and arrive full of ambition.
Born in New York, Alana O'Neill, a 23-year-old defender/winger, played at Lugano, from Switzerland.
“I know it is the biggest club in Portugal, with millions of fans, and I know that the team is the strongest team in the League and relatively new”, said the player.
“I was very happy because I know it's a huge club. I'm looking forward to learning more and I know that this is very professional experience, something I've been missing on my soccer career”, she admitted.
For the attack arrives Mimi Asom, also American, from Texas.
“I was so excited. I told my father and my brother and they said: ‘That's amazing! They're such a big club’. I knew Benfica, but I didn't realize the size of the club, and I thought it was unbelievable and such a big project”, confessed Mimi Asom, who also made a point of leaving a message to the Benfica supporters: “Come out to support us. I'm very happy to be here and hope to meet you.”
Text: Filipa Fernandes Garcia
Photos: Cátia Luís and David Martins / SL Benfica