American defender, Taylor Otto, signs with City

Melbourne City FC is pleased to announce the signing of American defender, Taylor Otto, on a one-year deal. 

The 25-year-old joins City from Gotham FC, having joined the NWSL side as a National Team Replacement Player during the FIFA Women’s World Cup.  

A versatile defender, Otto spent the 2022/23 season playing an integral role for Celtic in the Scottish Women’s Premier League. During her time in Scotland, the Scottish Women’s Cup winner made 27 league appearances and netted two goals.  

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Pick 11 in the draft, the American began her professional footballing career with Racing Louisville. Otto made 11 league appearances in the NWSL between 2021 and 2022, before joining Scottish heavyweights, Celtic.  

An athletic defender with the ability to move up the pitch as well as find the back of the net, Otto is set to boost Head Coach Dario Vidosic’s defensive stocks ahead of the 2023/24 season. 

Taylor Otto said: 

“I’ve heard lots of really good things about the league and level here in Australia. 

“Everyone at the club has been awesome so far and it’s been a really easy transition for me moving to Melbourne. I just can’t wait to get started and playing some games soon. 

“I’m a player who likes to get on the ball, distribute and dictate the tempo of the game. I can’t wait to play alongside the great players here at City and compete for silverware this season.” 

A-League Women’s Head Coach, Dario Vidosic, said: 

“We’re excited to have a player of Taylor’s quality join our squad ahead of the new season.  

“She’s coming off a really strong season with Celtic in Scotland and we expect her to be a strong physical presence in our team. Taylor also has the capability of playing in multiple roles for us, which will give us the added boost of more flexibility in the line-ups we put out on the pitch.” 


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