St. Louis Athletica Head Coach and General Manager Jorge Barcellos today announced the signings of Swedish forward Madelaine Edlund and Brazilian midfielder Elaine.
Both played last year with the Swedish club side Umea IK, which served as the opposition during the WPS All-Star Game held at The Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park on Aug. 30.
St. Louis selected Edlund and Elaine during the 2009 WPS International Draft held on September 23.
“This is a very exciting addition to an already championship-caliber team,” stated Barcellos. “In Madelaine Edlund, we now have a player that can complement and partner with Eniola Aluko. With Elaine, we have a player that gives us a lot of dynamic ability in midfield, strengthening an already strong core we have there.”
Madelaine Edlund, 24, plays for Sweden's Women's National Team. Edlund was a member of Sweden's 2007 World Cup team in China but did not appear in any games. She joined Umea in 2006, appearing in over 130 matches and notching over 60 goals.
Elaine, 27, plays for Brazil's Women's National Team and has played in the 2007 World Cup in China and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. In 2007, Elaine played in five matches during the World Cup and in seven matches during World Cup qualifying, where she netted three goals. In the 2004 Olympics, she played in six matches.
Edlund and Elaine, along with Eniola Aluko, now occupy three of the five designated slots for international players that each WPS team is allowed. St. Louis Athletica currently has 12 players under contract for the 2010 season.
St. Louis Athletica will begin their second season of play in Women's Professional Soccer in April of 2010. In their inaugural season, Athletica reached the WPS Super Semifinal and finished second in the regular season standings.
Season tickets for the 2010 season are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-888-STL-GOAL.
The previous story is excerpted from a press release by the Saint Louis Athletica of the WPS. Kat Galsim is a freelance writer for Bleacher Report and Sports, Then and Now and serves as the beat writer for the Washington Freedom.