Former TF Players Hit the World Stage
June 1, 2019

At left, Marlo Sweatman, a player on Jamaica's Women's National Team, helps Italian player Valentina Cernoia back to her feet during a FIFA Women's World Cup match on June 14, 2019, in Reims, France. At right, Samie Scaffidi, plays hard for her new professional team, FF Lugano 1976 (Switzerland), which recently qualified for the 2019 UEFA Women's Champion League competition. 

 

Two players formerly coached by Total Futbol Executive Director Nadir Moumen are currently playing on the world stage, a huge (and rare) achievement. Marlo Sweatman, who played with the Herndon '94-'95 Firecats during her youth career, recently played in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup (WWC) in France, representing Jamaica. And Samie Scaffidi, who was a top player on the McLean '96-'97 ECNL team from 2013-2015, has relocated to Switzerland and joined the professional team FF Lugano 1976.

Sweatman, who has played professionally for several teams since completing her college career as an Oregon Duck, helped the Jamaica WNT—affectionately known as the "Reggae Girlz"—achieve the unprecedented feat of qualifying for the WWC. The country's women's team has never qualified for the WWC before in its history (and it's the first Caribbean team to ever make the grade). Although the Reggae Girlz did not advance out of group play (they lost all three games), the fact that they got there at all was progress. After failing to qualify for the Olympics in 2008, the team was disbanded for six full years and only got restarted in 2014.

Sweatman was born and raised in Virginia but her mother was born in Jamaica, which makes her eligible to play as a Reggae Girl. Most recently, she has played professionally for the Hungarian team St. Mihaly.

 

 
From left to right: the Reggae Girlz huddle before the start of a match; the full Jamaican squad is announced on Twitter (Marlo Sweatman is far left in the middle row); Marlo poses for her official WWC head shot.
 
 
 
From left to right: Marlo makes the starting 11 for Jamaica's match against Brazil; Marlo (in yellow) both juggles and shields the ball during a match; Marlo's bio page on the 2019 FIFA WWC website.
 
 
Samie Scaffidi was a standout player for the McLean '96-'97 ECNL team before launching her college career at St. John's University. At SJU, Scaffidi started in 41 of the 63 college games she played—battling through injury in her Junior year. She scored seven goals and added 11 assists through four seasons. In May of 2019, she decided to make the leap to the professional game and signed a contract with Football Femminile (FF) Lugano 1976, a professional team that is based in Lugano, Switzerland, and plays in the National League A, the highest division of the Swiss championship. 
 
FF Lugano is one of 32 professional teams that will compete in the 2019 UEFA Women's Champion League: their first match will be at home (in Lugano's 14,500-seat stadium) against Manchester City Women in September. The town of Lugano borders the beautiful Lake Lugano and is encircled by a mountain range.
 
 
 
From left to right: Samie's official FF Lugano 1976 roster head shot; Samie is in the front row, third from right, in this shot of the full squad; Samie (#2) heads the ball with characteristic gusto during a game.
 
 
 
From left to right: Samie gets advice from a member of FF Lugano's coaching staff during a game; Samie (middle of picture) blasts through two opponents in pursuit of a loose ball; warming up.