BOW-IN: New Zealand international signs with City

We’re pleased to announce the signing of New Zealand international Katie Bowen for the 2022/23 A-League Women’s season.

A defensive midfielder who is also comfortable playing in the heart of defence, her signing further increases City’s depth as we edge closer to our season opener away to Wellington on November 20.

Bowen joins City from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) where she has been playing for the last decade after attending college at the University of North Carolina.

A veteran of the New Zealand national team, Bowen has been capped 85 times including appearing at three World Cup’s and both the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

After ongoing conversations with the club over the past few seasons, the time was now right for Bowen to make the move to Melbourne with the 2023 Women’s World Cup fast approaching.

Further adding to the City connection, Bowen has also had a connection with our City Club, Southern United, as she has assisted in the past with various player pathway initiatives.

Head Coach Rado Vidosic said he was delighted to bring a player of Bowen’s quality to the club.

“Katie brings a wealth of experience to our playing group, and we’re really excited to have her here in Melbourne.

“She’ll play a key role for us and we’re looking forward to seeing what she can add to our squad this season.”

Bowen said she was excited by the opportunity to join City and looking forward to getting to work.

“I’d spoken to Rado a fair bit over the past couple of seasons, but it’s always been a bit hard because the A-League Women season was in my off-season and that’s generally family time,” Bowen said.

“With the World Cup coming next year, I need to be playing consistent games, so it felt to me like the perfect time to make the move and I’m really happy to be here at City now.

“I always thought of City as an incredibly successful club and have amired the style of play.

“Stotty of course played here for years and Wilkie too, plus there’s been some other Kiwis on the team and they’ve always had said great things so it was really enticing for me to join City.”