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Boyds, Md. (April 4, 2014) – The Washington Spirit today announced they have signed midfielder Jordan Angeli and Mexican Women’s National Team defender Bianca Sierra. Per league policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Angeli, 27, earned All-Jeffco first team honors in 2003 as well as an All-State honorable mention. In 2004 she was named Gatorade Colorado High School Girls Soccer Player of the Year, Colorado 5A All-State player, and was a 2004 McDonald’s All-American. During Angeli’s high school career she helped her team win league championships in 2002 and 2004.
In 2010, Angeli was drafted by the Boston Breakers in the second round of the WPS draft. During the 2010 WPS season Angeli started in 17 matches and played in 22. She scored seven goals and recorded 1,576 minutes of play, helping the Breakers place second in league during the regular season. Angeli returned to the Breakers in the 2011 WPS season. During the team’s first season match against the Atlanta Beat she suffered a season ending ACL injury. She had played for 29 minutes and scored the first goal of the season for the Breakers.
In 2013, the Washington Spirit selected Angeli in the NWSL Supplemental Draft, however, she was recovering from knee surgery. She did not play for the Washington Spirit in the 2013 season.
“Jordan has come in great shape and continues to improve every day,” said Spirit general manager and head coach Mark Parsons. “In just a few weeks she has proven she is a winner and has the ability to have a massive impact for us in the future.”
Sierra, 21, started her career as a striker in high school, moving to midfield her sophomore year and defense her junior year. She scored five goals her sophomore and junior years. She earned 18 assists throughout her high school career. Sierra was also part of the Mustang Spirit. During her time with the club team they were ranked 27th nationally by Soccer America in the 2009 Best Girls Clubs.
Sierra was also part of the Olympic Development Program and played in the 1991 and 1992 ODP Regional Championships, the 2008 U-17 Cal-North Championships and participated in Region IV ODP Camp from 2005 until 2008.
Sierra has been a member of the Mexican Women’s National team since 2009 in the U-20 division. In 2010 she played in the U-20 CONCACAF Championships in Guatemala, helping Mexico advance to the quarterfinals at the World Cup. She played 261 minutes. In 2012, Sierra as selected to represent Mexico at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, B.C.
Throughout her college career at Auburn University (2010-2013), Sierra played in 85 matches, starting in 66. She scored five goals as a defender and assisted in seven, recording a total of 6,457 minutes of play time.
“Bianca has grabbed her opportunity with both hands and performed extremely well every single day,” said Spirit general manager and head coach Mark Parsons. “Her work ethic, ability and potential makes this an easy decision and the team are very excited to make this official.”
From the Players:
“I couldn’t feel more thankful and honored to be officially a member of the Washington Spirit. Although the path I have taken to get here was quite unique, I truly believe that every second of every day was needed in order for me to fully recover and be where I am today. When Washington drafted me last year, I was so honored that they would want me as a part of the team despite my injury. The patience they have shown me over the last year has truly embodied what this club is about. I am so happy to be a member of the Washington Spirit. To play with these players, for this staff, in front of these incredible fans; I feel so blessed!”
“My thought process through out camp, and every time I step out on the field is to just bring 110% every time. I love the game of football more than anything and being able to come into camp and show my love for the game through my passion and competitiveness has been amazing. I have approached each day as a new day to prove myself, and I will continue to approach each day the same way. I couldn’t be more excited to be joining such a great club with such a wonderful team and great staff.”