NWSL Rookie Announces Retirement After Long And Illustrious Career

Kansas City, KS  - FC Kansas City rookie Alison Ribaro announced her retirement from the National Women's Soccer League after a long and illustrious career of one season.

"I can't afford to move to Minnesota, even if the team DID move there. I can barely afford to live in Kansas City!"

"I can't afford to move to Minnesota, even if the team DID move there. I can barely afford to live in Kansas City!"

"I'm really seeing the writing on the wall, and as much as I love soccer... I can't just live off of a few thousand dollars per year," stated Ribaro to The Nutmeg News on Monday. "I've played the game since I was 10 years old, and I'll always treasure my professional career and my first paycheck of $600 that I used to pay living expenses for three weeks and put aside for some of the individual state taxes that are assessed on professional athletes."

According to inside sources, Ribaro was not in line to receive a call up to the US Women's Team and a desire to not remain destitute for the first 6 years of her life had Ribaro return to nursing school to further her career. Ribaro retires after 1 season, 15 games, and one team award for invaluable locker room presence.

"I know what my ceiling is, and if this league was further along I'd be able to stay, but the cost of playing soccer is just too high. For once in my life I'd like to be able to purchase a different ramen than Maruchan."

The Nutmeg News will have more on this as Ribaro reconsiders her decision 10 minutes after her announcement is stated on twitter.