Storm brings back the Brazilian superstar with expanded role
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Storm will once again have Brazilian playemaker Sissi to bolster and strengthen its roster. The team is also excited to announce that Sissi will take on coaching duties this year.
The experienced veteran will assist head coach Jerry Zanelli with overall coaching tasks, from working with the girls individually to participating in scrimmages with them. Sissi has been very involved all preseason, getting to know and helping guide the newcomers that have joined Storm so far this year. She has participated in preseason games, and has already been doing some coaching during tryouts. Sissi will also continue her role as a player in Storm's midfield.
Sissi began playing soccer at the age of seven, and at the age of 14 she left her home in the small town of Esplanada to play professionally in Salvador, Brazil. At the age of 16 she played for the first time with the Brazilian National Team. Her extensive international career has helped boost her to worldwide recognition in the women’s game, and her name is synonymous with Brazil’s success on the world stage. She received the FIFA Golden Boot and Silver Ball during the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Brazilian midfielder has played all over Northern California. Along with California Storm, Sissi also played for the San Jose CyberRays and FC Gold Pride. While at FC Gold Pride, Sissi also served as an assistant coach.
When she is not with Storm, Sissi coaches for Walnut Creek Soccer Club and serves as a FIFA Ambassador.