Emma Westin goes pro, signs with Hammarby

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Cal athletics boasts more than a fair share of current and past professional athletes, and its women’s soccer program is no exception. From the likes of Celeste Boureille signing a contract with AC Milan to Luca Deza joining Sevilla FC shortly after her time playing in Edwards Stadium, it should go without saying that the blue and gold have been spoiled with talent.

Now added to that list of professional Bears is Emma Westin. The 2021 graduate of Cal women’s soccer signed a contract Tuesday with Hammarby IF, a first-division club in Westin’s home country of Sweden. Along with Emily Smith, who was drafted by Racing Louisville FC and will attend its camp in 2022, Westin’s presence on the pitch will continue to shine into the big leagues.

As a Bear, Westin played for a total of five seasons in 72 games and more than 4,000 minutes. She started in more than 80% of those matches, acting as a focal point of Cal’s offensive unit. Often switching between forward and midfield positions, the former captain boasted 19 goals and 12 assists by the end of her redshirt senior season.

While her resume with the team is extensive, some notable accolades include being named to the 2020 All-Pac-12 Third Team, 2019 United Soccer Coaches’ All-Region Second Team and CoSIDA Academic Third Team All-American (2020). Westin also played for Sweden’s U-23, U-19 and U-17 national teams before and during her time with Cal.

Ryan Chien is the sports editor. Contact him at [email protected], and follow him on Twitter @RyanChienMedia.