East Islip’s Roccaro Signs With North Carolina

Roccaro, Hurricane Harvey
East Islip's Cari Roccaro has joined the North Carolina Courage. Photo: Dash/ISI Photos

East Islip native Cari Roccaro has found a new home in the National Women’s Soccer League.

The Notre Dame graduate has signed with the North Carolina Courage ahead of the team’s Week 3 matchup against the Washington Spirit.

Roccaro spent the NWSL 2017 season with the Houston Dash and played in 18 games.

She was drafted fifth overall by Houston in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. Prior to joining the Dash, Roccaro was a standout at Notre Dame and on the youth national team level as a co-captain for the U-20 US Women’s National Team in 2014.

“Cari needed a change of venue and already she has embraced our culture and identity,” said Paul Riley, North Carolina’s head coach. “I know her strengths very well having coached her at the youth level. She is simple, constructive, good range of passing and a workaholic. She still has huge aspirations and at this point, she needs to be brave, hungry and fearless. She has the talent and now the environment to push her game on.”