Debinha won't return to Courage in 2023

Brazilian star Debinha informed the North Carolina Courage that she will not be returning for the 2023 season.

The 31-year-old Debinha, who was declared an NWSL free agent earlier this offseason, spent six seasons with the Courage and is one of the most decorated players in NWSL history.

She won NWSL championships in 2018 and 2019, NWSL Shields three years in a row (2017-19) and the NWSL Challenge Cup in 2022.

In 2022, Debinha was named to the NWSL Best XI and was named the Challenge Cup MVP for the second year in a row.

“We are extremely sad to see Deb leave and we know she does so as one of the most iconic players in our club’s history. We’ve watched her develop into a national and international superstar over the last half-decade with our club.

"We made a significant offer and certainly every attempt to keep her here in North Carolina," said Courage chief soccer officer Curt Johnson. "In our conversations, though, it became clear that – despite a deep love for this club and this community – she finds it in her best interest to continue her professional career elsewhere and we wish her nothing but the best."
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