Position: Forward, Midfield
Hometown: Mendoza, Argentina
Age: 27 (06/21/1990)
Last Club: Valencia
*Banini’s return to the Washington Spirit was announced on on June 19, 2017 following a brief stint with Spanish club Valencia.
Argentinian National Team: Currently plays internationally for Argentina… Her first international match was in 2010…. In 2014, she scored a penalty kick in Argentina’s 2-0 win over Brazil during the Copa America tournament
2015: The Spirit signed Estefania Banini prior to the 2015 season. She played and started in the first four games of the season before sustaining an injury which sidelined her for the rest of 2015. In 2016, Banini came back strong, scoring five goals which earned her the Washington Spirit Golden Boot. She was awarded the NWSL Goal of the Week for Week 13, NWSL Player of the Week for Week 13, and NWSL Player of the Month for July.
2016: Played 13 regular season matches, 9 starts, totaling 888 minutes…started both post season matches…scored five goals earning the Spirit Golden Boot…recorded one assist…won NWSL Goal of the Week for Week 13, NWSL Player of the Week for Week 13, and NWSL Player of the Month for July 2015: Signed by the Spirit prior to the 2015 season…Played and started in the first four games of the season before sustaining an injury which sidelined her for the rest of 2015…Previous: Banini spent the four seasons prior to coming to the Spirit playing for Colo Colo in Chile…In December 2014, she captained the team to win its ninth consecutive national title after scoring two goals in a 3-1 victory