• Tuesday May 24, 2016

    Villalobos excited for UNCAF women’s club tournament

    Costa Rica international Karla Villalobos (pictured) will play for Moravia in the inaugural UNCAF Women's Inter-Club Championship. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Karla Villalobos has scored a lot of goals in a lot of international tournaments.

    Those goals, however, were netted for Costa Rica in games against other national teams.

    On Tuesday, Villalobos will get a first-ever chance to find the back of the net in an official international club competition, when her Moravia side opens the inaugural UNCAF Women’s Inter-Club Championship against Nicaragua champion UNAN.

    She couldn’t be more excited or proud to participate in an event that represents the next step for women’s football in Central America.

    “It is a privilege to play in this tournament, especially here at home in Costa Rica,” Villalobos told CONCACAF.com. “It shows that good things are being done for women’s football in Costa Rica and that women’s football is growing.”

    Six teams will compete for the trophy over the course of six days at the Estadio Ernesto Rohrmoser. The other participants are Pares (Guatemala), Saprissa (Costa Rica), UNIFUT (Guatemala) and Universidad (Honduras).

    Moravia currently occupies first place in the Costa Rican first division thanks in part to Villalobos, who has struck for a league-leading 11 goals, including one in a 4-3 win over Pococi on Sunday.

    The 29-year-old believes that the fans will be entertained by Moravia’s brand of football, one that aims for superiority in all areas of the pitch.

    “We like to play on the wings, but also in the middle since we have strong players there,” Villalobos commented. “They know how to play with the ball. This team really wants to do things well. Playing in an international tournament is a great opportunity and can open doors.

    “We know that our opponents have gotten stronger and will be difficult, but we have a strong desire to be champions.”

    As for the forward, who scored against Korea Republic in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, every minute kicking a ball is a reason for joy.

    “I am a person who loves to run and I love to score,” expressed Villalobos. “I think one of my best qualities is my speed, but above all I love playing football.”

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