PORTLAND – Former Portland State women’s soccer goalie Abbie Faingold became the latest Viking to continue their playing career, signing a professional contract to play for Charme FC, a member of the Nadeshiko League 3 in Japan.
“When the offer first came to me from my agent, Lenny Lun with Upper V Athlete Management, I was in shock. My heart was racing, and I legitimately couldn’t believe that it was actually happening,” said Faingold. “A dream that I have had since I was little and a goal that I have been working so hard for throughout my career was finally coming to fruition. I was just happy and humbled to be given the opportunity to continue to play, especially at the professional level.”
Faingold finished a record-setting four-year career at PSU, graduating last June. She began training with her new team on August 1st in Takahashi-Shi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
“Playing for Charme is giving me a great opportunity to get international playing experience and to see the different style of play that is in Japan. I am thankful for them to being so welcoming and giving me the chance to contribute to their club,” said Faingold. “Getting my name out there in the professional women’s soccer circuit and getting my first taste of professional soccer is a huge accomplishment and I am hoping that I can continue to progress and grow as a player and person.”
Leaving as one of the most decorated women’s soccer players in program history, Faingold ranks third at PSU in career starts (52), minutes played (4,603), saves (233), shutouts (13), and also finished with the third-most career wins (19).