NWSL's North Carolina Courage sign Ghana captain Elizabeth Addo

Ghana captain Elizabeth Addo joins an NWSL side for the second time in her career, having previously played for the Seattle Reign in 2018. MATTHEW KNIGHT/AFP via Getty Images

The North Carolina Courage have signed Ghana international women's captain Elizabeth Addo, the National Women's Soccer League club announced on Tuesday.

Addo, who played for the then-Seattle Reign [now OL Reign] in 2018, signed a one-year deal with the two-time NWSL champions after leaving Apollon Limassol in Cyprus.

"Elizabeth is skillful, clever, and has the pace to burn," said NC Courage head coach Paul Riley in a club statement.

"She has game-changing ability and has NWSL experience already which is important for her in adapting to our style of play.

"Her good soccer mind and fabulous feet make her a handful for opponents. She will revel in the challenges of our training environment and the fans will have another individual talent to admire."

Addo has a wealth of experience from playing in leagues all over the world, including with the Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia, and with Chinese champions Jiangsu Suning. She won three titles with the latter in 2019.

Addo will be a rare African international in the NWSL this coming season, joining Sky Blue FC's Estelle Johnson and fellow Ghanaian Jennifer Cudjoe. The latter rejoined SBFC only last week from expansion side Racing Louisville FC.

Of the Cudjoe deal, Sky Blue general manager Alyse LaHue said: "This is an opportunity we have pursued for some time, so we are over the moon for this trade.

"Jen is a special person and a special player who brings so much to the Club and we're excited for her to continue her career with Sky Blue."

Addo, the 2019 Ghana women's player of the year, made her debut for the Black Queens in 2016, scoring 17 goals in 36 appearances in the four years since.