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February 27, 2024

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

The United States of America (USA) National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) side, San Diego Wave has signed 2024 NWSL Draft pick Mya Jones (3rd round, 42nd overall) to a two-year contract.

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22-year-old Jones made 93 appearances over five seasons with University of Memphis.

The Calgary, Alberta native scored 26 goals and added 27 assists with the Tigers, leading them to three straight AAC titles and five NCAA tournament appearances.

In her final season, Jones was named the AAC Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player, AAC Championship All-Tournament Team, AAC Offensive Player of the Year and AAC All-Conference First-Team.  

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Internationally, Jones has represented Canada at the U-15, U-17 and U-20 levels, capturing gold at the CONCACAF Championship in 2014 and a silver medal in 2015. 

Meanwhile…

San Diego Wave FC defender Kaitlyn Torpey and midfielder Emily van Egmond have been named to the CommBank Matildas roster for Round 3 of the Asian Qualifiers for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024. This marks Torpey’s first-ever senior national team call-up. 

Australia will take on world number 47, Uzbekistan, in a two-match home-and-away series on 24 February 2024 at Tashkent’s Milliy Stadium, before returning to Australia for the final Asian Qualifier on 28 February 2024 at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium.

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The winner of the series will be one of the Asian Football Confederation’s two representatives at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. 

Torpey, 23, was just announced as the latest Wave FC signing this week. She spent three seasons with Melbourne City where she started in 44 matches (45 starts), logging six goals and five assists as a defender. She was named to the PFA’s A-League Team of the Season for her breakout performance in the 2022/2023 season.

Van Egmond, 30, was originally acquired ahead of the Wave’s inaugural season in a trade with the Orlando Pride on January 18, 2022. In two seasons with San Diego, the Australian international has made 35 appearances (34 starts), while accumulating two assists. Since joining the NWSL in 2018, van Egmond has appeared in 62 matches (54 Starts). The Australian international has competed in four World Cups and has appeared in over 100 matches for her country. 

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