Gillian Oyos and Alyssa Frazier | Photos Courtesy of Tate MacQueen
Following the conclusion of the 2022 USL W League season, midfielders Alyssa Frazier and Gillian Oyos from Asheville City SC are headed overseas to pursue professional opportunities.
Frazier, a Samford alum, signed her first pro contract with Swedish club Rik Karlskoga after playing in all 12 of the Asheville City W League matches and recording two goals and four assists for the South Atlantic Division team.
“I really enjoyed my time in Asheville. Everyone was so supportive from the fans, to the coaches, to the team, the host families, the owners, the people running the gym and just the community as a whole,” said Frazier. “The dedication from the club to support player growth was great. I’m so thankful for my time in Asheville and for all the different people I was able to meet there. It was a great environment to be in.”
Oyos, a UNC Asheville alum, has signed a contract to join Newcastle United Women of England. The elite midfielder appeared 10 times for Asheville City in the inaugural W League season.
“My time in Asheville was a period of my life that I will always treasure. I am so grateful for the coaches I met through the club, as well as the players, and all who have made what I’m doing today possible,” said Oyos. “The environment this club creates is unmatched and the relationships players are able to form with the team, coaches and fans is something you can’t find anywhere else. I’m so proud to have had the privilege to play for Asheville City, and I’m so excited for the future of the club.”