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Monday 18 December 2017

My new goal is to play in the States - Stephanie

Stephanie Roche at the Ballon D'Or 2014 awards
Stephanie Roche at the Ballon D'Or 2014 awards

FIFA Goal of the Year star Stephanie Roche has revealed she is in talks to move Stateside to pursue her football career.

"America is a place I love, I've been there a few times, I really like the culture and the lifestyle there," the 25-year-old told the Herald.

"Nothing is set in stone yet, and I don't want to jinx it by saying too much but it's something I will look forward to if it works out," she said.

Stephanie recently left French side ASPTT Albi, but said she is still in the process getting her transfer papers from the club where she spent the last six months.

"We hope to have that issue sorted soon so I can move on," said the Pukas Award runner-up whose wonder goal for Peamount United was second only to a strike by World Cup star James Rodriguez.

"The US league is the best women's competition in the world, we have had interest from a number of clubs there," her agent, Eamon McLoughlin, said.

MONEY

Earlier this week, Stephanie explained that she struggles to make ends meet, even though she plays football as a professional.

"America is the only place where you can get good money. When I was in France I was getting €700 a month, and I was broke nearly every week," she said.

She said that if she moves abroad she might be able to secure a higher salary.

Stephanie's boyfriend Dean Zambra plays for Bray Wanderers but she says they'd "figure it out" if she makes the move across the pond.

Stephanie Roche
Stephanie Roche

"We will take it as it comes. As I said, it's not even definite that I'm going yet," she added.

Stephanie said that there are no plans for any upcoming nuptials with her boyfriend of six years.

"Everyone keeps asking us when we are getting married," she said.

"Me and Dean are just so into our football that we haven't had time to think about it just yet."

Earlier this week the wonder goal scorer revealed that she hopes to use her new-found exposure to launch TV career.

Speaking after she cut the ribbon at Topaz's new Northern Cross, Clonshaugh service station - where 54 jobs have been created - she said she would like to focus on sport if she makes it on the small screen.

"I think I'd like to promote women's soccer or maybe branch out into fashion."

She turned heads at the FIFA event - including those of Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - in an eye-catching pink dress, which was custom-made by Irish designer Helen Cody,

Stephanie said she hasn't received any TV offers yet but that "if someone did ask me I would do it. My dress got a lot of attention, and I'm big into my fashion, so that might be another avenue I'd like to explore."

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