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Washington Spirit add midfielder Jaye Boissiere

The Spirit weren’t kidding when they said they were adding players who spent 2019 playing in Europe

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The Washington Spirit made another offseason addition today, signing midfielder Jaye Boissiere, who spent her first pro season playing with Le Havre in Division 2 Feminine in France. Boissiere, who turns 24 next month, won a national championship at Stanford, where she was teammates with no fewer than three current Spirit players (Jordan DiBiasi, Tegan McGrady, and Andi Sullivan).

In a team release, head coach Richie Burke said “With Jaye’s arrival at the Spirit we’ve added a really top quality player who ticks all of our boxes. She is another serial winner and someone who has the ability and style to play the way we want to play. Jaye is the prototypical box-to-box midfielder, but has the ability to read the game so well from central areas of the field and can play in multiple roles for our team. She is another one I can’t wait to get started with this season.”

Boissiere was a part of the 2017 NCAA national champions while playing for the Cardinal. That also happened to be her breakout season, as she appeared in 25 games (24 starts), notching 9 goals and 10 assists from midfield. Overall, Boissiere finished her collegiate career with 10 goals and 14 assists.

Boissiere has also played at just about every youth national team age level, starting out in the Under-14 pool and going all the way up to the Under-23s, and has gained a reputation for being very strong in possession. For the Spirit, that’s a vital trait, as their style of play is more reliant on retaining the ball than any other team in the NWSL.

Adding Boissiere brings the Spirit up to 21 players under contract just over a week before the NWSL draft. They have the #23 and #32 picks there, but Burke has stated that he is trying to trade up into the first two rounds.