The Washington Spirit announced today the signing of former US U-23 member Kika Toulouse.

“I’m very happy to be continuing my professional career back in the States and so close to home,” Toulouse said. “I’m especially looking forward to playing with such a talented group of players.”

The 23 year old defender graduated from the University of Virginia and played overseas in 2012 for Ragsveds IF in Sweden. Toulouse scored nine goals during her 2012 campaign including two hat-tricks, one of which was in her first professional game.

“Kika further bolsters a strong defense, but also knows how to score goals,” said Chris Hummer, Spirit General Manager. “We look forward to seeing her hit the ground running, and know she’ll benefit from playing with our already world class back line!”