(North) Americans abroad: a trophy for Alex

Kieran Theivam May 12, 2017 9
Alex Morgan scored twice last weekend to help Lyon to an 11th straight French domestic title. (photo courtesy Olympique Lyonnais)

Alex Morgan scored twice last weekend to help Lyon to an 11th straight French domestic title. (photo courtesy Olympique Lyonnais)

Alex Morgan won her first piece of silverware since moving to France after helping Olympique Lyonnais overcome Soyaux 9-0 to confirm the UEFA Women’s Champions League holders as league champions. Morgan bagged a double in the rout of their mid-table opponents, as the French superpower secured their 11th league title in a row, with two league games remaining.

Kadeisha Buchanan played the second 45 minutes of the match, as she won her first major competition as a professional after leaving college.

Both players will have arguably their biggest test in domestic soccer in France when they face Ashley Lawrence’s PSG this Saturday at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. PSG currently sit one point behind second placed Montpellier, and with just the two games remaining, are in danger of missing out on next season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League – unless of course they can beat Lyon in next month’s final in Cardiff.

Another player in danger of missing out on Champions League soccer next year is Bayern Munch’s Gina Lewandowski.

The American defender’s club currently sit in third place behind Wolfsburg, who need just a point to secure the Frauen Bundesliga, and a point behind second place Turbine Potsdam. Again, there are only two fixtures remaining in Germany.

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Bayern won 3-0 away at bottom side Borussia Mönchengladbach last time out, but with the season almost over, Bayern may have not only lost their league title, but European soccer too.

In England, Heather O’Reilly scored her first goal for Arsenal Ladies, from the penalty spot, and her side won 5-1 at bottom club Yeovil Town Ladies. O’Reilly started the game after coming off the bench three days earlier at home to Liverpool, and played an important role as her side earned a big away win.

Also winning away were Man City Women, who were pushed all the way by Reading Women, but eventually overturned a 2-1 deficit to win 3-2.  Carli Lloyd played the full 90 minutes, but then missed the club’s 3-0 win in mid-week due to her commitments with FIFA in Bahrain. Lloyd will have the opportunity to recreate her memorable performance at the final of the London 2012 Olympics on Saturday, as she and her teammates face Birmingham City Ladies in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

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Crystal Dunn and her Chelsea team did not play last week, as their fixture against the now folded Notts County Ladies, was obviously postponed.

After two years out with a serious knee injury, FC Rosengard welcomed back Erin McLeod between the pipes as she kept a clean sheet for her Swedish club at home to Gothenburg.

Wife Ella Masar McLeod also scored twice in the match to make it a good day for the Masar McLeods, but it wasn’t such a good day for Savannah Levin and Sarah Teegarden, who were in the Gothenburg side.

It wasn’t a great day for American pair Becky Edwards and goalkeeper Brett Maron of Kristianstad who suffered a late home loss to league leaders, Linkoping. Tove Almqvist scored in the 88th minute go give her side a 2-1 win to inflict Kristianstad’s third defeat in their four league games.

In Norway, U.S trio Michelle Betos, Elise Krieghoff and Stephanie Verdoia are still searching for their first win after a 2-2 draw with Trondheims, while there was better news for keeper Alyssa Giannetti, whose Arna Bjornar side won 2-1 at Roa.

But spare a thought for UC Santa Barbara graduate Savannah Francis, who was on the end of a 9-1 defeat with her club Grand Bodo by league leaders and champions Lillestrom.

  • Steglitz49

    Lyon is a super-power in WoSo because their men’s team is prepared to spend on their ladies. Lyon is not one of the 20 richest men’s soccer clubs.

    The SF of this year’s ladies Champions League were Lyon beating Man City and PSG beating Barcelona. Money talks — that is money spent on the lasses.

  • carmen sandiego

    where in the world is savannah jordan? hasn’t appeared for glasgow city in almost a month and parsons is hinting she might appear this season

    • Steglitz49

      Blessed?

    • Breakers fan

      I think you’re right – my guess is that she saw that the competition there isn’t good enough and recently pulled the plug on that experiment. That’s total speculation, but evidence points in that direction. If so, I applaud her. She wanted to try it and maybe now she wants to do something different. It’s still a consistent through line of following her heart and mind.

      • Steglitz49

        The Glaswegian dialect is impenetrable. Thus, Ms Jordan may have chosen to play where English is spoken.

  • Guest

    Alex who?

    • Steglitz49

      Alexandra the Great, not a member of either The Who nor Queen. A Rolling Stone gathers no moss. Kate Moss?

  • Not a Steg Troll

    Becky Edwards? She used to be a Thorn. Now, playing for peanuts in a far away land. It must be for love, because there sure ain’t enough money to live on over there.

    • Steglitz49

      Ms Edwards plays for Kristianstad in Sweden, the country that on the Glorious 12th dismissed the US from the Olympics with the USWNT’s worst record ever.

      Kristianstad is one of the few (possibly the only) WoSo teams in Sweden that play on natural grass. That puts them at a disadvantage in away matches because the ball bounces and rolls differently on plastic.

      Kristianstad was a town created by Christian 4th of Denmark in an attempt to keep the southern part of Sweden Danish. he also founded the town of Christianopel. It was of no avail but the great church (Trinity Church) in Kristianstad is an example of what is named Christian IV building style also called Dutch Renaissance. This is because the Danes used Dutch architects and builders while the Swedes brought in Italian and French ones. The Danes use Arabic numerals for their kings and queens while the Swedes use Roman. Thus, in that church you see the anagram of “C4” which is not a reference to a computer or motorbike but what swedes would write as “Ch IV” but they did not bother to change it,.