Bulldogs Sign French Goalkeeper Tanya de Souza

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State added another standout goalkeeper to the roster as Paris, France, native Tanya de Souza joined the program last week.

Although just a freshman, de Souza brings extensive goalkeeping success from the French prep, club and international levels.

“We are very excited to have Tanya join our program,” coach Aaron Gordon said. “She has a wealth of experience as a goalkeeper at the highest levels, including several international caps with the French Youth National Team. We look forward to working with Tanya and helping her get ready for playing in the SEC.”

Playing for her school, Lycée Henry Darras, and coach Jacques Hendt, she helped guide the team to the overall title and a third-place finish at the world championship.

She also minded the nets for Juvisy in the D1 League, the top level of women’s soccer in France, and helped take the squad to the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

De Souza’s success in goal earned her a number of international caps for France’s youth national teams.

She earned her first cap in 2010 when she suited up for the country’s U16 squad in a friendly against Germany.

De Souza also earned a spot on the country’s U19 squad that went on to win the European Championship.

Her experience also extended over to France’s U20 squad, where she was invited into the team’s selection camps.


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