AFC Ann Arbor signs gold medalist, University of Michigan student Jayde Riviere

Jayde Riviere poses with her gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Jayde Riviere)

ANN ARBOR – AFC Ann Arbor has announced the signing of Jayde Riviere for its upcoming USL W League season.

The 21-year-old earned a gold medal for Team Canada at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and currently attends the University of Michigan.

“I’ve heard nothing but great things from teammates and coaches regarding AFCAA,” Riviere said in a statement. “With the World Cup qualifiers coming up in the summer, I wanted to play with a team that I know would challenge me and help me grow individually as a player. I believe that AFCAA would not only help me prepare for my national duty, but also expose me to some great players and a new environment.”

Last summer, she helped the Canadian team earn its first-ever gold medal at the Olympics where she started and appeared in penalty shootouts. She also appeared in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup as the second-youngest player on her team.

In 2016, she played in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for the Canadian U17 side in Jordan when she was 15 years old.

A full back, Riviere said she considers herself a non-traditional player.

“As much as there is a defensive aspect to my position, I love to live in the attacking third of the field,” she said in a statement.

“One thing I noticed talking with her, is she’s a very humble person,” women’s head coach Boyzzz Khumalo said in a statement. “I can tell she’s very serious, she’s got that pro mentality. She’s somebody that I think can help the team, and that the younger girls can look up to since she’s played at the highest level.”

Riviere, who plays for the Wolverines, will start her senior year in the fall.

The 2022 season kicks off on May 7.

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.