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NWSL: FC Kansas City brings back Yael Averbuch

FC Kansas City has re-signed a familiar face to a brand new contract.

The club announced the re-signing of Yael Averbuch on Tuesday. Averbuch has 18 caps, and has scored two goals, for FC Kansas City, since her arrival in 2015.

Averbuch, 30, started her professional career after college (she attended the University of North Carolina) with Sky Blue FC, making 41 appearances between 2009-10. In 2011, she signed with the former Western New York Flash, where she made 14 appearances.

Averbuch then went overseas in 2012 to Russia, where she signed WFC Rossiyanka. In 2012, until 2013, she signed with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, in Sweden, where she made 30 appearances and scored eight goals.

In 2014, she returned to the NWSL, signing with the Washington Spirit and making 22 appearances in one season. After the Spirit, the defender made her way to Kansas City.

Formerly a member of the United States Women’s National Team, Averbuch made 26 national team appearances, scoring one goal, between 2007-13.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be back with FCKC next season! The past 2 years in Kansas City have been some of the most enjoyable of my professional career and I’m grateful to be part of this team and organization,” said Averbuch.

“Yael is an incredible player and person,” said head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “Working with her is an absolute pleasure. Her passion and professionalism on and off the field is what makes her a ‘must have player’.”

Dash sign former Bayern Munich defender

Down south, a new signing was made for the Houston Dash, as they signed Claire Falknor.

Falknor, 23, started her professional career last season with Bayern Munich in the Frauen-Bundesliga. In Germany, the defender made nine appearances and scored two goals.

Internationally, she represents the United States, but has only made two appearances for the U.S. U-23 team.

“Claire brings a playing style that fits nicely with the way we play here in Houston. She’s very skillful, with the ability to play anywhere across the back line,” head coach Randy Waldrum said. “She has a high soccer IQ, and will adapt quickly to our way of playing. She’s highly competitive and knows how to win, proving that both at Florida and with Bayern Munich. She’ll be a great young addition to our team.”


Photo of Yael Averbuch courtesy of ISI Photos.

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