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Well-traveled De Vanna traded, Matilda ranks grow
March 4th, 2014 3:31PM

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[NWSL 2014 COUNTDOWN] Australian star Lisa De Vanna has been traded by Sky Blue FC to the Boston Breakers in exchange for a 2014 international roster spot and a first-round pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.

The Breakers, against whom the 29-year-old De Vanna scored a bicycle kick that was a 2013 nominee for the Puskas Award, are her 11th club and eighth in the last five years.

De Vanna, who recently led the Melbourne Fury to Australia's Westfield W-League Grand Final championship, has played for four clubs in Australia, two in Sweden and one in England. Boston is her four U.S. after the Washington Freedom and magicJack of the WPS and Sky Blue FC, for which she scored five goals and added two assists in 16 games in 2013.

“I am very excited to bring Lisa to Boston. She is without a doubt one of the top strikers and goalscorers in the women’s game,” Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “She is exactly the kind of talent I wanted to bring in. She’s passionate about the game, a winner, and an incredible talent.”

ANOTHER MATILDA SIGNING. De Vanna is the most experienced of a growing number of Australians playing in the NWSL. The latest signing is 21-year-old midfielder Katrina Gorry, who comes to FC Kansas City from Brisbane Roar.

Gorry won't arrive, however, until early June, after playing for Australia's Matildas in World Cup qualifying in the Asian Cup.

Portland recently signed 20-year-old Stephanie Catley, the Melbourne Victory captain, and four young Matildas joined De Vanna in the NWSL last season. Caitlin Foord (Sky Blue FC) was only 18, Samantha Kerr (WNY Flash) was 19, Emily van Egmond (Seattle) was 20 and Kyah Simon (Boston) was 22.

-- Washington acquired allocated Mexican international midfielder Veronica Perez from the Western New York Flash along with a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft in exchange for one international roster spot for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Perez, 25, attended the University of Washington and is best known for scoring the winning goal against the United States in Concacaf Women's World Cup qualifying in 2010. The result forced the USA to enter a playoff series against Italy to qualify for Germany '11.


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