Los Angeles Sol Signs Three International Players
Posted by iamhannah on February 19, 2009
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – Thursday, February 19, 2009 – The Los Angeles Sol of Women’s Professional Soccer has announced today that it has reached contractual agreements with three international players. The players are France midfielder Camile Abily, China forward Han Duan and Sweden defender Johanna Frisk. Per club and WPS policy, terms were not disclosed.
“I have no doubt that finding the right mix of international players and their American counterparts is going to play a large role in the success of our franchise,” said Los Angeles Sol General Manager Charlie Naimo. “I think each player we signed today brings something to the table that makes us better as a club.”
Abily, who has 46 caps and eight goals scored for France, comes to the Sol after playing most recently with Olympique Lyonnais in her homeland. She is a versatile, attacking player who debuted with the French national team in 2001 and is considered one of the side’s stars of the future.
Los Angeles also welcomes China striker Duan into the fold after she has made nearly 20 career appearances for the Steel Roses. Formerly of Dalian Football Club, Liaoning Duan, Han finished seventh in the voting for FIFA Women’s Player of the Year in 2006, the first Chinese player to finish in the top-10 since Sun Wen in 2002.
Frisk is a young, physical defender who has been on the radar for the Sweden National Team for a couple of years. Since 2006, she has played for Umea IK, the fabled women’s club team in her home country that also boasts Swedish superstar Hanna Ljungberg.
The Sol will kick off the 2009 season on Sunday, March 29 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University-Dominguez Hills, when the club hosts the Washington Freedom in a 3 pm (PT) match. The WPS Inaugural Match between the Sol and the Freedom will be the only one played in WPS that weekend.
Courtesy of: Los Angeles Sol