Lisa De Vanna is headed to Boston from New Jersey. The Boston Breakers have acquired the Australian striker from Sky Blue FC in exchange for a first round pick in the 2015 NWSL college draft and a 2014 international roster spot. De Vanna, a former Female Footballer of the Year and FIFA Puskas Award nominee is coming off a season where she scored five goals in 16 games while also assisting two, helping Sky Blue FC to the Nation Women's Soccer League playoffs.
"I am delighted to be joining the Boston Breakers this season and cannot wait to arrive to start the new campaign," De Vanna said. "I played against Boston last season and saw that they are a young team with lots of talent, so I hope with my experience and the recruiting of new head coach Tom Durkin and moving to the famous Harvard Stadium sets us up for the challenge of winning the league this season."
De Vanna is a season professional at the prime age of 29, having played not only domestically in the WPS with the Washington Freedom and MagicJack but also turning out seasons with international teams such as Linköpings Fotboll Club in Sweden's top-flight league, Damallsvenskan, Perth Glory, Newcastle Jets, and the Brisbane Roar.
Lee Billard, the Boston Breakers general manager echoed De Vanna's excitement, saying "I am very excited to bring Lisa to Boston. She is without a doubt one of the top strikers and goal scorers in the women's game...She is exactly the kind of talent I wanted to bring in. She's passionate about the game, a winner, and an incredible talent."
The 75 times capped striker is a winner of two W-league Grand Finals, one AFC Women's Asian Cup Championship (2010), has played in two Women's World Cups (2007 and 2011) and one Olympics (2004).