The Washington Spirit announced today the acquisition of allocated Mexican international midfielder, Veronica Perez. In a trade with the Western New York Flash, the Washington Spirit received Perez and 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, has played for Seattle Sounders Women, Saint Louis Athletica, Stjarnan Women and Western New York Flash in the W-League, WPS, Iceland’s top division and the NWSL respectively. In 2012, while with the Seattle Sounders Women, Perez made 14 appearances and scored 12 goals. In 2013, while with the Western New York Flash, Perez appeared in 22 matches, starting in 11. She played a total of 958 minutes, assisting once and scoring one goal.
Perez attended the University of Washington between 2006 and 2009 and was twice named to the All-Pac 10 second team. She left the University of Washington racked in the All-Time top 10 in several categories. In 2009, Perez was named the team’s Player of the Year and Offensive MVP for the second year in a row. Born in Hayward, California, Perez holds dual citizenship from the United States and Mexico. She plays on the Mexican National Team. In 2010, Perez scored the winning goal against the United States in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying game.
“Veronica is one of the most exciting young attacking players in the league, who has lots of potential. I believe our team’s playing style and perfect field surface is only going to help develop the creativity, flair and ability that Veronica will bring to DC,” Spirit general manager and head coach Mark Parsons said. “We are very excited to have her join the Spirit.”