Canberra United are pleased to announce the return of Chilean international forward Maria Rojas, affectionately known as Cote, after the South American signed a contract to appear in the 2023/24 Liberty A-League season.

Rojas first played for the club in the 2018 season, appearing eight times and scoring one goal, becoming something of a fan favourite with her robust displays, unique skill-set and effervescent attitude always on display.

“We are extremely happy to welcome Maria back to Canberra United for the new Liberty A-League season,” Canberra United Head Coach Njegosh Popovich said of the latest player to be unveiled in green for the 2023/24 campaign.

“Her ability is without question. She has terrific movement, can dribble well with the ball, has great vision, can create chances for others, and has the enviable knack of being able to score goals as well.

“Not only does she bring those qualities with her, but the experience also gained at international level and playing abroad will be a huge asset to our young group who can learn from her professionalism and attitude to the game.

“I am looking forward to Maria joining up with the squad and making a welcome return to McKellar Park.”

Rojas has had a wide and varied career, shining on these shores for Adelaide United, Sydney FC and Melbourne City, scoring four goals in five appearances for the latter including a strike in the win over her current club at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan last year.

An experienced international, having appeared 43 times for her country and netted eleven goals, she has played in the UEFA Champions League and at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as appearing for clubs in Germany, the United States, Japan, Lithuania, Czech Republic, and Australia.

“I am so excited to be coming back to Canberra to play for Canberra United once more and to continue my playing career here in Australia,” Rojas commented about her return.

“I have many happy memories of my season with the club back in 2018, playing at McKellar Park in front of the passionate and loud supporters, those fans who are such a tremendous boost to the playing group.

“The Liberty A-League is a wonderful competition, and I am looking forward to starting training with the club, and to help the team be successful.”

Maria Rojas has committed to Canberra United for the 2023/2024 season, and you can too! Memberships for the new Liberty A-League campaign are on sale now and you can purchase yours from 2023/24 Memberships – Canberra United.


Name: Maria Rojas

Date of Birth: 17 December 1987

Place of Birth: Santiago, Chile

Position: Forward

Liberty A-League Apps: 36

Liberty A-League Goals: 11

Previous Clubs: Universidad de Chile, UTSA Roadrunners, Gulf Coast Texans, Herfoder SV, Adelaide University, Gintra Universitetas, Orca Kamogawa, Canberra United, Slavia Praha, Santiago Morning, Salisbury Inter, Adelaide United, Sydney FC, Apollon Ladies, Melbourne City, Chile U20

International: Chile (43 caps, 11 goals)