Name: Jazmyne Avant
Pronunication: JAZZ-minn ah-VAHNT
Jersey number: 5
Date of birth: Jan. 30, 1990
Hometown: Coppell, Texas
College: University of Florida
Last club: Portland Thorns FC
How acquired: Signed as a free agent on June 28, 2013
With Portland Thorns FC: Played in four matches (2 starts), logging 212 minutes. Signed by Portland on Feb. 20, 2013, as a Discovery Player.
New York Fury: Made her professional debut for the Fury during the 2012 WPSL Elite season ... Appeared in 10 matches ... Prior to the WPSL Elite season, Avant was part of a two-game international trip to Japan with Sky Blue FC for matches against Japanese side INAC Kobe Leonessa.
International: Member of the U.S. Women’s U-20 National Team player pool in 2009 ... In 2006, was a member of the U.S. Girls’ U-16 National Team.
College: Appeared in 97 matches (79 starts) during a four-year career at the University of Florida from 2008-11. An All-Southeastern Conference second-team selection as a senior, the native Texan helped guide the Gators to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2011. Finishing her time in Gainesville with 12 assists, Avant registered a career-high four assists as a junior in 2010, and was an SEC All-Freshman team selection in 2008.
Scholastic/Club: Dallas Morning News 2006-07 and 2007-08 All-Area Girls Soccer first-team selection…2007 and 2008 Class 5A All-District 6-5A Defender of the Year…Coached by Chris Stricker at Coppell High School. 2006 U.S. U-16 Girls National team member…Member of 2005 U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Development Team…Part of U.S. Region III Olympic Development Program (ODP) 1990 Player pool from 2004-06…Member of fourth-place team at 2007 ODP national championships…2003-07 North Texas State Soccer Association 1990 ODP selection…2007 US Youth Soccer Under-17 North Texas State champions...Member of 2004-05 NTSSA State Cup championship team…2007 Disney Cup and State Cup champions…Member of D’Feeters club team from 2004 to 2008 and coached by Hugh Bradford.
Personal: Received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in December 2011.