Coppermine Congratulates Leilanni Nesbeth

January 18, 2024 | 0 Comments

Coppermine United — part of the U.S. based United Women’s Soccer League — extended congratulations to Leilanni Nesbeth for being selected in the first round of the National Women’s Soccer League [NWSL] draft by the Chicago Red Stars.

The Bermudian footballer previously played for the team, which said they are ”immensely proud of her achievements and wishes her the very best in her professional career.”

A statement from the team said, “Leilanni Nesbeth, former Coppermine United Women’s Player, has achieved a remarkable feat by being selected to Chicago Red Stars as the #10 pick in the first round of the NWSL Draft.

“In the 2022 season, she played for Coppermine United, contributing significantly to their victory in the UWS-1 Mid Atlantic Division Title and their advancement to the UWS-1 East Conference Finals.”

“In 2021 we played an International Friendly match vs Bermuda Women’s National Team. Leilanni’s exceptional skills were evident when she played against us where she stood out as the best player on the field. It wasn’t a secret that we wanted to bring her in to join our squad the following season.

“Her arrival in 2022 raised the standards and brought out the best in her teammates during training sessions and games. Her professionalism, focus, and remarkable quality of touch and passing make her a true standout. The Coppermine Family is immensely proud of her achievements and wishes her the very best in her professional career.”

“She knows we will be her # 1 fan and forever be grateful for her time with us,” said Head Coach Val Teixeira.

In a recent interview with Bernews, Nesbeth said, “I couldn’t be happier about what I’ve accomplished so far; however, my work has just begun.

“I don’t think there’s anything I particularly need to improve to compete. However, I understand the transition from college to professional soccer is massive.

“I need to be consistent and ensure my mentality is strong. I won’t be playing against 20-year-olds anymore; I’ll be up against grown women.

“I’ll need to keep up with the pace of the game and the skill level, so I’ll need to ensure my fitness is up to the required level.”

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