San Diego Wave FC announced the acquisition and signing of Kaitlyn Torpey from Melbourne City FC of the A-League for an undisclosed fee.
Torpey signed a two-year contract that will keep her in San Diego through the 2025 season. She will take up one of the five international slots allotted to the club by the NWSL.
“Kaitlyn (Torpey) is a talented young defender and has a bright future ahead of her with the Wave,” Wave FC General Manager Molly Downtain said. “She’s a fantastic addition to our group of defenders and is a great fit to what we are building in San Diego, and we are excited to welcome her to the club.”
Torpey has appeared in 82 matches across two clubs in Australia, where she began her career at 16 years old.
In her last three seasons with Melbourne City FC, Torpey logged six goals and five assists, and now she joins the Wave as the second fullback of the offseason alongside Swedish international player Hanna Lundkvist of Atlético Madrid.
Torpey will officially join the Wave pending the receipt of her International Transfer Certificate and P1 visa.
The Wave will continue its preseason with its first match, a closed scrimmage against UCLA on Saturday, February 10.
Abraham Zepeda is a bilingual Chula Vista Native covering the Tijuana Xolos for EVT. He spent the summer of 2022 covering San Diego Loyal SC and San Diego Wave FC. He is also currently a student at the University of Oregon pursuing a degree in journalism.