Washington Spirit sign Argentine international forward Estefanía Banini

The Washington Spirit have signed Argentine international forward Estefanía Banini, the team announced Monday.

Banini’s contract with the Spirit is pending receipt of her International Transfer Certificate (ITC),

The 26-year-old, who previously played for Washington from 2015–16, led the Spirit in scoring last season with five goals in just seven games.

“Having Estefi return to the Spirit is something we were hopeful would happen last fall,” Spirit head coach and general manager Jim Gabarra said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to having her back in our lineup and continuing her impressive development. Her impact will be a big asset as we continue to battle through the NWSL regular season toward the goal of reaching the NWSL championship match again.”

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Banini has played for Argentina’s women’s national team since 2010.

“I am very happy and grateful to be part of the Washington Spirit again. I wish to help them in the best way, and for that I will train very hard,” Banini said in a statement. “While I already know the team, all experiences are different and I’m coming with great enthusiasm, wanting to add a lot to the team!”

The Spirit will play on Saturday at home against Portland Thorns FC.

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