Bio: A standout defender at the University of Florida (2008-11), Avant was an All-Southeastern Conference selection as a senior in 2011 and made her professional debut last summer for the New York Fury (WPSL Elite). Avant joins Thorns FC for the inaugural NWSL season, signing as a Discovery Player on Feb. 20, 2013.
A member of the U.S. Women’s U-20 National Team player pool in 2009 … Called into training camp with the U-20s from April 25 to May 3, 2009, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. … Called into training camp with the U.S. Girls’ U-16 National Team in 2006 … Was part of the U-16 GNT team that faced Germany’s U-17 side in March 2006.
2012: Made 10 appearances for the New York Fury of the WPSL Elite … Took part in a two-game international friendly for Sky Blue FC against Japanese side INAC Kobe Leonessa in March 2012.
A four-year starter at the University of Florida, Avant appeared in 97 matches overall and was an All-SEC second-team selection as a defender in 2011 … Registered 12 career assists for the Gators, including a career-high four as a junior in 2010 … Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2008.
Received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in December 2011.