Friday Angel City FC announced signing their starting goalkeeper DiDi Haracic to a contract extension through the 2024 season with a mutual option to extend through 2025. Haracic finished the regular season second overall in the league for saves with 70, four clean sheets, and fifth overall in save percentage, 73.68 percent.
On her extension Haracic said, “I’m grateful to be extending my career here in LA. Angel City has become a place I can truly call home. We have the best fanbase in the NWSL and I am so excited to share new memories with them as we head into our second season.”
Haracic played in every minute of every regular season match until the final game of the season for ACFC and truly grew into her role after a rocky start in the 2022 Challenge Cup. The contract extension is fairly important for Angel City, as Haracic’s contract was due to expire at the end of this year, especially because she had surpassed the minimum of five years required to become a free agent years ago. She would’ve been a free agent in what is sure to be a chaotic offseason with the introduction of restricted free agents, a reduction in the number of years for free agency, and two expansion teams coming into the league.
Angel City goalkeeper coach Daniel Ball was thrilled to secure Haracic for the future, “Her performances were integral to our results on the field last year, and she has rightfully established herself as one of our team’s leaders.”
“She has been so strong and resilient and she is definitely one of the players that I look up to in terms of analyzing her game and how can she get better… It’s honestly been a privledge to be able to play with her,” stated captain Ali Riley after the final game of season last year.
All in all, this is a good move for Angel City looking toward their future and continuing to build towards a team that can compete for the championship.