Kaitlyn Torpey joins San Diego in Australian record transfer 

Melbourne City FC defender and Australian U23s international, Kaitlyn Torpey, has joined National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) powerhouse San Diego Wave FC.  

The Australian international’s move to the 2023 NWSL Shield holders sets a new Australian outgoing transfer record. 

One of the league’s most prolific fullbacks, Torpey showcased her versatility under Head Coach, Dario Vidosic, in a team stacked with talented young footballers who currently sit atop the A-League Women’s table. 

A gut-running player who is as damaging in attack as she is defence, Torpey was awarded City’s 2023 Players’ Player award and was twice named in the PFA Team of the Season.  

The 23-year-old made 48 appearances for City, missing just one game throughout her two and a half seasons in Melbourne. She netted six goals in the A-League Women’s competition during her time in City colours.  

Director of Football, Michael Petrillo, said: 

“Since joining Melbourne City, Kaitlyn’s hard work, dedication, leadership and immense quality has been on display.  

“She is one of Australia’s most exciting young footballers and this move is a testament to not just her performances for the Club, but also her character and ambition. To be able to comfortably break the transfer record highlights the tremendous talent we have playing for our Club and showcases why some of the best clubs in the world are looking at us. 

“Kaitlyn is a wonderful footballer and person, and although we are disappointed to lose her, it fills us with great pride to see her join one of the best teams in America and the world.”  

Kaitlyn Torpey said: 

“It’s bittersweet to be leaving the Club as we sit on top of the table, but I’m excited to be joining one of the best teams in the world and I know everyone here is supportive of me as I embark on the next chapter of my career. 

“City has been a huge part of my development and has helped me become the footballer that I am today. From the moment I first stepped foot into the Club, I’ve had the support around me to better myself which has led to this opportunity.  

“Dario, the staff, my teammates, and in particular Andy Barnett, our strength coach, have all played a crucial role in my progression over the past two and a half years, including working with me individually over the past off-season, and I can’t thank them enough.” 

On behalf of everyone at Melbourne City FC, we would like to thank Kaitlyn for her immense contribution to the Club, both on and off the pitch, and wish her every success in the next chapter of her career.