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Spirit Forward Tinaya Alexander Transferring to France’s Montpellier HSC

Washington Spirit rookie forward Tinaya Alexander is transferring to Montpellier Hérault Sport Club (HSC) of French Division 1 Féminine in exchange for an agreed upon transfer fee, both clubs announced recently.

“After speaking with Tinaya, we decided to allow opportunities for a transfer and think her move to Montpellier HSC is the best move for her career at this time,” said Spirit club president Mark Krikorian. “We are very appreciative of all that Tinaya brought to this club over the past seven months and are excited to watch her succeed in France.”

Alexander joins the Villeneuve-lés-Maguelone-based side during the first month of its 2022-23 season ahead of its upcoming home match against Olympique Lyonnaise on Friday, September 23. Montpellier is currently led by fourth-year manager and former Montpellier HSC (men’s) defender Frédéric Mendy, who has the side off to its best start in five years this season.

After being drafted by Washington with the 14th overall pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft, Alexander joined the side for preseason camp in February. In nine appearances and one start for the Spirit during the 2022 regular season, Alexander totaled 162 minutes played. In her fifth and final season at LSU in 2021, the Reading, England native earned First Team All-SEC honors and was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Player of the Year after tallying nine goals and six assists in 20 matches played. Alexander assisted on 22 goals in her career with Tigers, tying her for second-most in school history.

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