Signing news: Perth move for American forward Thomas

Perth Glory has signed former United States youth international Crystal Thomas for the Westfield W-League campaign, subject to international clearance. 

Thomas, 25, arrives in Australia fresh from 13 appearances for Washington Spirit in the National Women’s Soccer League.

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The striker fired three goals as the side from DC recorded a fifth-place finish.

Thomas is originally from Illinois, a graduate of Georgetown University, who previously played for Valur in Iceland and Medkila II in Norway.

“I think this move to Perth Glory will allow me to play for a club that is dedicated to success,” she said.

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“The players, staff and fans are all committed and I am looking forward to playing with the team and for head coach Bobby Despotovski and interacting with our fans.

“I’m excited to work to score goals and help the team win; my objective is to help the team win in every way possible.

“I know other players that have competed for Perth Glory and they hold the club in high esteem. 

“I am excited to follow in their footsteps as we compete this season.

“I’m extremely excited to join the team and get the season started.”

“Crystal is a forward who will really suit whichever system we play,” said Despotovski.

“She can operate as a target and hold the ball up, or play off the shoulder and get in behind and is the kind of player who can help educate the younger players that we have in our squad this season.”

Glory said fans can expect further player signing announcements to made shortly. 

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