The Portland Thorns announced today the signing of defender Jazmyne Avant as one of the team’s discovery players.

“We are very happy that Jazmyne will be joining Portland Thorns FC,” said Thorns FC head coach Cindy Parlow Cone. “She is an outstanding outside back with great skill and tremendous pace who loves to attack.”

Avant was a four-year starter for the University of Florida and one-time member of the U.S. Women’s U-20 National Team player pool. As a senior at Florida, Avant was named to the All-SEC second team and helped her Gators make it to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

After her college career ended, Avant joined Sky Blue FC (WPS) for their two-match trip to Japan and then joined the New York Fury in the EPSL Elite.