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Youth WNT Jun 29, 2023

Beach FC product and USWNT prospect Onyeka Gamero signs with FC Barcelona’s B team

By Quinn Casteel
SoccerWire Managing Editor

U.S. Women’s National Team prospect Onyeka Gamero has made the big decision to go pro at the age of 17, signing with FC Barcelona’s B team.

Gamero is an electrifying forward who is a member of the Class of 2024 and had previously verbally committed to play college soccer at Stanford. She has represented Beach Futbol Club in Southern California at the youth club level, going up against the nation’s top competition in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).

At the international level, Gamero has been a strong contributor for the U.S. Youth Women’s National Team program, most recently competing at the U-17 and U-20 levels. Born in the U.S., Gamero also has family ties to Spain and Nigeria, possessing national team eligibility in all three countries.

Gamero’s professional path will begin in Europe as she heads to Spain to be a part of one the world’s most iconic clubs, FC Barcelona, which is in the midst of expanding its focus on the women’s game.

The dynamic attacking-minded prospect is the latest example in a growing trend of U.S. women’s youth players choosing to begin their professional careers as teenagers. Other such as Olivia Moultrie (Portland Thorns), Chloe Ricketts (Washington Spirit), Melanie Barcenas (San Diego Wave) and Alyssa Thompson (Angel City FC) have made major splashes signing in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in their teenage years, and even setting multiple new records as the youngest players to debut in the top U.S. women’s league.

For a look at the official announcement from FC Barcelona on Gamero’s signing, click here.

Signed professionally with FC Barcelona’s B team in June 2023

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