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Spirit sign Jodie Taylor; Sanderson in England camp

The Washington Spirit have signed forward Jodie Taylor for the 2014 NWSL season after acquiring her rights from Seattle Reign FC in a trade last month.

Washington announced the signing on Wednesday after the deal had come together ahead of the current roster freeze due to Houston’s addition to the league.

Taylor is English-born and played on English youth national teams. She played at Oregon State from 2004-07 and is the all-time leading goal-scorer for the school. She recently played with Birmingham City and is currently Down Under with Sydney FC.

“I am extremely excited to sign for the Washington Spirit and play in the NWSL.” Jodie Taylor said. “Returning to the states has been a long term goal of mine and I cant wait for the 2014 season.”

And news out of England reveals that Boston Breakers midfielder Lianne Sanderson has been recalled to English national team camp under new head coach Mark Sampson. Sanderson hasn’t played for England since a dust-up with former head coach Hope Powell in 2010.

Sanderson has eight goals in 29 caps for England.

“I am so excited to head into camp in January and to meet up with the girls again,” Sanderson said. “I just wanted to thank my family, friends, and fans for all their support. I am excited for the future, and I wanted to thank the coach, Mark Sampson, for giving me this opportunity and giving me back my dream.”

England will play Norway on Jan. 17 in La Manga, Spain.

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