Charlie Naimo’s Pali Blues are going to get a massive boost this season with the addition of Edite Fernandes, who is currently with Valadares Gaia FC in the Portuguese Cup Final. One of Portugal’s all-time greats, Fernandes has scored 24 goals in 109 appearances.
“Edite is a special player and a perfect fit for the team we have this year,” Naimo told BluesSoccerClub.com. “Her soccer IQ and creativity in the final third combined with our possession-oriented style should make us an attractive yet dangerous team.”
“The Pali Blues are a strong club with a good history in the W-League, always featuring good players” Fernandes said. “The goals and objectives of the team are what attracted me. It’s a winning team, and I could only see myself in a team like this one.”
With that, the roster for the team has been finalized. Here is the roaster for the 2013 Pali Blues.
Goalkeepers: Roxanne Barker, Maddie Clarefield, Anna Picarelli
Defenders: Sasha Andrews, Abby Dahlkemper, Caprice Dydasco, Elizabeth Eddy, Ashley Freyer, Kasey Johnson, Satara Murray
Midfielders: Autumn Altamirano, Megan Borman, Melanie DeSalvo, Sarah Killion, Samantha Mewis, Ashley Nick, Diana Redman, Jenna Richmond
Forwards: Makenzy Doniak, Edite Fernandes, Jamia Fields, Mele French, Chioma Ubogagu, Lynn Williams
Finally, Shayon Jalayer, who has been Naimo’s right hand man when he was the manager of the Los Angeles Blues, was named an assistant manager of the Pali Blues alongside Angela Hucles.
“Having Shayon back is a very big step in completing our staff,” Naimo told BluesSoccerClub.com. “Having been around a bit, there are not many that have the professionalism, passion, and flat out coaching ability that he has. Our players will certainly benefit from the training that Shay brings.”
“I’m very excited to be part of the Pali coaching staff once again,” Jalayer told the press this past week. “I look forward to working with both Charlie and Angela, but in particular working with this talented group of players.
“It is my hope that we will continue to honor the Blues badge and provide people of the Palisades an entertaining brand of soccer, and ultimately have the W-League championship trophy return to the Palisades and this first class organization.”
The Blues open up their season tomorrow against the Los Angeles Strikers at Palisades Charter High School’s Stadium by the Sea in Los Angeles California. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET.