Carter shining in Rome
Trudi Carter ticked off one of her lifelong goals when she and the Reggae Girlz historically qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup last month, and on the weekend, she started the hunt to achieve another target on her bucket list.
The Arnett Gardens native came off the bench to register her first minutes for AS Roma last Saturday in Italy's top female league and provided an assist in her side's 7-1 thrashing of Chievo Verona in the Serie A Femminile, as she and her teammates hunt a spot in the UEFA Women's Champions League.
The Jamaican, who plays in the number 28 jersey for her new club, got on the end of a long ball before back-heeling a pass to Giada Greggi, who had little to do after finding herself one on one with the Chievo Verona goalkeeper.
Carter, who celebrated her 24th birthday yesterday, was making her debut for the club, as she continues to work her way back to full recovery from a bothersome knee injury. The skillful winger was at a loss for words following what is being hailed in Italy as her impressive debut.
"There is no word that can describe my emotions right now," Carter told STAR Sports after the match. "I am thankful to the Almighty for getting me here knowing that I was injured and was out for a month and a half. I am also grateful to help my teammates get the win."
She continued: "I am even more pleased with my performance because I was out for so long. I am just going to keep working hard so that my team can finish in the top two to be able to qualify for the Champions League."
Carter, who is still adjusting to conditions in Rome, said her teammates have welcomed her to the team well and is helping her to understand the programme despite her still learning to communicate in their language.
"I actually love it over here. My team-mates have welcomed me with open arms. Training can be hard sometimes, especially because I don't' understand the language, but my team-mates assist me with the translation sometimes and it helps," she said.
Cater and her teammates will play away to Mozzanica on Saturday.