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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas City NWSL has signed Portuguese forward Jéssica Silva to a two-year deal.

Silva spent the last two seasons with Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France, but was mostly sidelined due to injury.

Silva debuted for Portugal in November 2011 in a UEFA Women’s Euro tournament qualifier against Austria. She has played in three of Portugal’s four matches so far in 2021.

“Jéssica is an exciting player who we hope will be able to provide a spark to our offense,” Head coach Huw Williams said. “She is a very creative and often flamboyant one-versus-one player.” 

The creative forward has played for clubs in Sweden, Portugal and Spain. From 2017 to 2019 while playing for Levante Unión Deportiva in Spain, she tallied six goals in 41 games.

Silva is expected to join the team in late May or early June. KC NWSL kicks off their season on Saturday, May 15, on the road against Racing Louisville.

KC NWSL opens at home on Wednesday, May 26, against U.S. Women’s National Team star Julie Ertz and the Chicago Red Stars.