April 7, 2014
Thorns sign former MVP Veronica Boquete
PORTLAND, Ore. – Paul Riley is bringing his former Most Valuable Player to the Portland Thorns. The National Women’s Soccer League team has signed former Philadelphia Independence midfielder Verónica Boquete.
|Former Philadelphia Independence midfielder Verónica Boquete will rejoin coach Paul Riley with the Portland Thorns.
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Boquete is the second former Cheesesteak to join Riley in Portland, following midfielder Sinead Farrely.
Boquete, 27, recorded six goals in 18 games for Tyresö FF during the 2013 Swedish Damallsvenskan season, helping lead the Scandinavian club to a runner-up finish and a berth in the 2013-14 UEFA Women’s Champions League tournament. Among the individual honors for the attacking midfielder, Boquete was named Damallsvenskan Midfielder of the Year in 2012 after recording seven goals and eight assist for league champions, Tyresö.
The Santiago de Compostela, Spain, native was named the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Player of the Year in 2011, serving as a key member for the Philadelphia Independence during the team’s run to the league’s championship game. Boquete registered five goals and four assists in 13 matches for Philadelphia during the season.
Boquete has played for Russian side FC Energiya Voronezh, RCD Espanyol and Prainsa Zaragoza in the Spanish Superliga, as well as the Chicago Red Stars and Buffalo Flash during her professional career.
“We are delighted to bring one of the world’s top talents to Portland. Verónica is a fantastic footballer with an extremely high soccer IQ, tremendous work ethic and has the ability to break down any opposing defense,” Riley said. “Having worked with her before, I know she can be a major influence in retaining the NWSL championship. Her personality and love of football is infectious and I'm excited to get her here and add her pedigree to our talented roster.”
The captain of Spain’s Women’s National Team, Boquete has registered more than 30 international caps since her senior national team debut in 2005, helping lead the team to the quarterfinal round of the 2013 UEFA Women’s European Championship, Spain’s first berth in the tournament since 1997. Spain qualified for the tournament through a two-legged playoff series against Scotland. In the second leg in Madrid, Boquete scored the game-winning goal in the second minute of second-half stoppage time in extra time, giving Spain a 4-3 win and just its second-ever berth to the UEFA Women’s European Championship tournament.