Portland Thorns FC leaped to make its first two Discovery Player signings, adding forward Danielle Foxhoven on Thursday. The club also signed defender Jazmyne Avant on Wednesday.
Foxhoven played locally for University of Portland from 2008 to 2011 before being drafted 17th overall by the Philadelphia Independence in the 2012 WPS Draft. She ranks fourth on Portland’s all-time scoring list with 57 goals and 25 assists, good for 139 points.
“Danielle is a great addition to our already powerful group of attacking players,” Thorns FC head coach Cindy Parlow Cone said in a club release. “She is a very cerebral forward with great vision and finishing abilities.”
When WPS folded, Foxhoven signed with FC Energiya Voronezh in Russia. She played there for one season — she scored six goals in nine appearances, including a hat trick against Kubanochka — before returning to Portland and taking a job as an assistant coach at her alma mater.
Before her move to Russia, Foxhoven was involved in the U.S. national team set-up at the youth level, appearing for both the under-17 and under-23 teams. She was on the under-23 squad that won the 2010 Four Nations Tournament in the United Kingdom.
Foxhoven is the third Portland Pilot to sign for Thorns FC, including allocated Canadian star forward Christine Sinclair and midfielder Angie Kerr. The school with the highest representation on the roster is North Carolina (four players), where Parlow Cone coached before taking the Thorns FC job.