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Sarr inks three-year deal with Spirit in move to NWSL
Washington, D.C. (06/30/2023) – The Washington Spirit has agreed to terms with forward Ouleymata Sarr on a three-year contract, the club announced today.
The new contract, set to run through the 2025 season, will take effect on July 1 as Sarr’s contract with Paris FC of Division 1 Féminine expires today. With the Spirit, Sarr will occupy an international slot on the roster and wear #8 on the field.
Across the first ten seasons of Sarr’s senior club career, she has tallied 45 goals in 127 appearances with French clubs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Lille Olympique Sporting Club (Lille), FC Girondins de Bordeaux (Bordeaux) and Paris FC.
“I have always had the ambition to join the NWSL which is, to me, one of the best leagues in the world,” said Sarr. “When the opportunity with the Washington Spirit presented itself, I immediately understood it as a great one. Meeting Michele, Mark Krikorian, Mark Parsons and the whole team only confirmed to me the great sporting and family dimensions of this club. I am ambitious, determined and excited to get started on this next chapter. I can’t wait to get to work with my teammates and all the staff to achieve great things together!”
Sarr is originally from Évreux in the Normandy region of France. From 2005 to 2013, she competed for various youth clubs in Évreux before turning pro with PSG in 2013. At the international level, Sarr tallied seven goals in 22 appearances for various French youth national teams before making her senior team debut in 2017. Since her first senior team call-up, Sarr has earned 28 caps for France, netting nine goals in the process including a four-goal match against Estonia during 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification last year.
“Ouleye has tremendous attacking qualities that bring huge value to our team,” said Head Coach Mark Parsons. “I believe this is an important signing for our team but also for the NWSL.”
About The Washington Spirit
The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. Launched in 2012, the Spirit plays in the National Women’s Soccer League, the premier women’s soccer competition in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit WashingtonSpirit.com and follow the club on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.