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Australian striker Lisa De Vanna joins Boston Breakers

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Today, the Boston Breakers signed Australian striker Lisa De Vanna from Sky Blue FC in exchange for a 2014 international roster spot and a first-round pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.

De Vanna, 29, has 75 caps with the Australian Women’s National Team, scored 32 goals for “The Matilidas” and played in two FIFA Women’s World Cups (2007 and 2011) and one Olympics (Athens, 2004).

In fall 2013, De Vanna was named Female Footballer of the Year by the Football Federation of Australia and also was nominated for FIFA’s Puskas Award for goal of the year alongside the likes of Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimović, and Nemanja Matic. The Perth, Australia native won the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup Championship, and in 2007 was nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year.

Most recently, De Vanna won the Westfield W-League Grand Final with Melbourne Victory and scored eight goals in 14 games for Melbourne this season.

De Vanna scored five goals and added two assists in 16 games for Sky Blue FC in 2013, helping to lead the New Jersey club to the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League playoffs.

De Vanna played three years in WPS, two with the Washington Freedom (2009, 2010) and one for magicJack (2011), overall scoring 12 goals in 35 games.

Following WPS, De Vanna went to Sweden to play for Linköpings Fotboll Club in Sweden’s top-flight league, Damallsvenskan and scored seven goals in 22 appearances. In addition to playing for Melbourne in the Westfield W-League, De Vanna previously played for Perth Glory, Newcastle Jets, and the Brisbane Roar. In six W-League seasons, De Vanna scored 26 goals. She’s won two W-League Grand Finals, this year and one in 2010/11 with Brisbane.

“I am very excited to bring Lisa to Boston. She is without a doubt one of the top strikers and goal scorers in the women’s game,” Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said.

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