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Americans Abroad: INAC claims 3rd-straight league title; Horan, Rapinoe score in France

INAC Kobe Leonessa won their third consecutive L-League title in Japan this weekend, beating Vegalta Sendai Ladies, 2-1, in front of 8,169 people. American Beverly Goebel-Yanez, who won a 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer title with the Western New York Flash.

“I’m so glad we won the league,” said INAC midfielder Homare Sawa. “We had a hard time as we couldn’t play as we wanted to in many games, but molded together well and that brought us this victory.”

INAC won the double this season by also claiming the Nadeshiko League Cup. That means the second place team — currently NTV Beleza — will take place in the Mobcast Cup (details here).

In France, PSG defeated Arras 3-0, with American Lindsey Horan scoring a second half brace. Lyon also rolled over Saint-Étienne, 5-1, with American Megan Rapinoe chipping in a second half goal.

Christen Press will end the Damallsvenskan season as the golden boot winner, and Tyresö have clinched a second place finish and 2014-15 UEFA Champions League slot. Press, along with Tyresö teammates Ali Krieger and Meghan Klingenberg will now be available for the United States on Sunday against Australia. Originally, only Whitney Engen was set to be in San Antonio in time for Sunday, but Tyresö clinching second place a week early means Press, Krieger and Klingenberg will fly straight from Paris — after Wednesday’s second leg the Champions League Round of 32 vs. PSG — to Texas.


Nikki Cross scored for Bayern Munich, but 1. FFC Frankfurt defeated Bayern 4-1 to knock them off the pace. Potsdam now lead the league with 13 pts. after defeating Bayer Leverkusen, 5-1. Frankfurt are now on 11 pts., along with Wolfsburg, who defeated 1899 Hoffenheim, 4-1. Bayern Munich sit in fourth place, on 10 pts.

Check out all the goals from the weekend:

For a full recap of Champions League action and international news and notes, check out Tim Grainey’s roundup.


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