Manchester United Women have completed the signing of Canada defender Jayde Riviere.
The Athletic reported that a deal was close and the 21-year-old, who was most recently with AFC Ann Arbor, has joined on a contract that runs until the end of the 2024-25 season.
Riviere said: “I am a huge Manchester United fan, so this is a dream come true for me to sign here.
“I’m really looking forward to developing and learning at this huge football club, and I can’t wait to use all my playing attributes to help us achieve our joint goals on the pitch.”
United’s head coach Marc Skinner said: “Jayde is an exciting young player who matches the long-term version of Manchester United, and our continued belief in nurturing the best young talent in the game.
Riviere, a 2021 Olympic gold medallist who has 36 caps for her country, is considered to be a forward-thinking right-back and a very promising talent.
She has recently played for AFC Ann Arbor in the semi-professional United Soccer League (USL) having joined in April 2022. She played four games for the USL League Two side and did not declare for January’s US National Women’s Soccer League draft.
Before that, she played three years of college football for the Michigan Wolverines from 2019 to 2022.
At the age of 16, in 2017 Riviere made her debut for the Canada national team against the United States having made her way through the youth ranks. In addition to her Olympic gold, she has won two silver CONCACAF medals with Canada.
Manchester United are currently second in the Women’s Super League — three points behind leaders Chelsea, with a game in hand — and are next in action at Reading on Sunday.
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