Catiana Vitanza
 
 
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Catiana began her soccer career playing AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) and AYSO Allstars recreational football at age five in her native Southern California. She started training with UEFA A licensed coach and former Yugoslavian professional soccer player, Zoran Lomic. During those years, she played soccer for premier youth teams in the Southern California Coast Soccer League (CSL). At age 14, Catiana made the varsity team at Oak Park High School in Oak Park, CA, where they won their Tri Valley League, and went on to CIF Finals of Southern California.

In January of 2007, Catiana signed with the number one Serbian women’s football club, Masinac PZP (the most successful women's soccer club in the former Yugoslavia and in the south-east of Europe; winning sixteen Yugoslav Champion titles and ten Yugoslav Cup trophies) for their 2006/2007 season. She along with her sister (Aricca Vitanza) made Serbian and Balkan soccer history by becoming the first ever American women players to play in the Serbian Women’s Professional League. During her season, Catiana was invited to participate in the Serbian Women's National Team soccer camp for 8 days as a way of getting international attention and press. After a succesful camp and season as a starting midfielder for Masinac PZP, Catiana returned back to Los Angeles where she continued her training with Lomic.

In September 2007, she signed with the Girls U19 United States National Champion, Camarillo Eagles in the Southern Californian Coast Soccer League Premier Division. Catiana then again signed for Masinac PZP for their 2007/08 season where they won the league championship and secured their spot in UEFA Champions League. Immediately following the first round of Champions League with Masinac PZP, Catiana traveled to the Italian city of Sassari, home of top Italian Serie A club (winner of 6 League Championships, 8 Coppa Italia, 6 Supercoppa Italia, and 2 Italy Women's Cup) ASD Torres. She and her sister Aricca were immediately offered spots and signed with the team. Catiana played midfield for the club for their 2008/09 season, helping them become Supercoppa Italian champions as well as play for them in UEFA Women's Champions League.

At the end of her contract with the Italian club and after having being casted into the Italian Women's National Team player pool, Catiana had to return home to the US. During her time, she competed and practiced with various W league (New York Magic) and WPSL Elite teams (New York Fury, Ajax America Women). In 2011, she signed with Ajax America to help them compete in their 2011/12 season. After the WPSL season, Catiana who has dual US/Italian citizenship, left for Italy again, and got multiple offers from teams. She made a big descicion not to return to her previous club (Torres) and signed with FCF Como 2000 for thier 2012/13 season where she played as left defenender for the squad.

In the summer of 2013, Catiana recieved an offer to play for Lincoln Ladies FC in England for the second half of their 2012/13 season. However, unable to reach a contract agreement, Catiana did not sign.

In March of 2014, Catiana joined Houston Dash of the NWSL for preseason camp, however due to an ankle injury left camp and returned back to Los Angeles for treatment. In May 2014, after being declared injury free,  she signed with two semi-pro teams in the W League and WPSL, Santa Clarita Blue Heat and LA Hotspur F.C. She is currently playing for both teams this summer of 2014.