Washington D.C., May 20 — Former U.S. Women’s national team forward Christie Welsh has joined D.C. United Women. United Women open their home season Thursday, June 9th at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
Pending league approval, Welsh will serve as both a player and assistant coach for the W-League club, which opens its first season on Wednesday May 25th with games at the New Jersey Wildcats and the New York Magic on Sunday June 5th.
Welsh previoulsy played for the Washington Freedom.
Welsh, is the second player from the U.S. team to join United, following 20-year old Nittany Lion midfielder Christine Nairn, who signed with the club recently after narrowly missing a spot on the 2011 World Cup roster for team USA.
“The second I heard about the D.C. United team I knew I wanted to be involved,” said Welsh. “My past W-League experiences have been great ones and I look forward to being a part of another winning group.”
Walsh played 39 times on the national team and netted 20 goals during her international career.
“Christie brings with her international experience at the highest level,” Jorden said. “She will play an important role for the club on the field, and just as important, in helping guide our younger players who are new to the this level.”
The Massapequa Park, NY, native, scored 82 goals and added 52 assists in her college career at Penn State.
D.C. United Women will play their home slate of matches at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Maryland. United will play five regular season home matches, and 10 games overall, plus a potential for some exhibitions.
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