June 11, 2010

More Former Athletica Players Find Homes

Three more former players of the now disbanded Saint Louis Athletica have signed with other teams.

Japanese midfielder Aya Miyama has signed with Atlanta, bringing the Beat's total to six signings from Athletica's roster. Miyama had not played with Athletica since mid-May while she was competing in the Asian Cup. Miyama scored a goal and helped lead Japan through the group stage before being upset by Australia in the semifinals. The talented midfielder has not scored this season, but led WPS in assists with 6 while playing for the Los Angeles Sol in 2009.

Sky Blue FC has signed defensive midfielder/defender Kendall Fletcher. The former star at North Carolina will join her college teammates Kacey White and Heather O'Reilly. Fletcher had been obtained by Athletica during the 2009 season in a trade with Los Angeles. Known for her marking ability, Fletcher helped solidify Athletica's defense while playing holding mid last season. She moved to the back line this year to make room for rookie Carolyn Blank and veteran Shannon Boxx in the midfield.

Philadephia has signed midfielder Tina DiMartino. She will join her sister Gina on the Independence roster. DiMartino has not scored this year, but is known for her ball skills and passing ability. She was a 1st round draft choice in 2009 for FC Gold Pride, where she started 18 games and earned one assist. She was traded to Los Angeles for Camille Abily in the winter, but was then taken by Athletica in the dispersal draft when the Sol folded.