Also in today’s roundup, the Spirit re-sign Caprice Dydasco, the Breakers waive Stephanie Verdoia and the Courage release their away jerseys
The Portland Thorns and Paris Saint-Germain announced Friday that Amandine Henry is going on a short-term loan to the French club. The 27-year old midfielder joined the Thorns last summer after a storied career at Lyon, who are PSG’s biggest rival in France. Henry underwent groin surgery late last year.
The release from the Thorns stated only that the loan was short-term. An announcement from PSG said the loan runs through June 30. Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian reported that Henry is expected back with the Thorns for the opening of NWSL season.
— Jamie Goldberg (@Jamiebgoldberg) January 27, 2017
The latest PSG’s season can go is June 1 should they reach the Champions League final. Their quarterfinal tie against Bayern Munich begins March 21 in Germany.
On the domestic side, PSG are in a perilous position. The club is currently appealing a four-point deduction for fielding a player not listed on the team sheet. That has them four points adrift of Lyon and Montpellier and needing help from both to avoid missing not only the title but also next season’s Champions League.
Henry appeared in nine matches for the Thorns last season starting eight. She registered one assist. She played all 120 minutes in the Thorns’ extra time playoff loss to the Flash. That was her final match before surgery.
An email to the Thorns regarding the status of Henry’s return date was not immediately returned.
Spirit re-sign Dydasco, Breakers waive Verdoia
The Washington Spirit have re-signed Caprice Dydasco, but the defender will not be available at the start of NWSL season after tearing her ACL during the NWSL Championship in October. She has been undergoing rehab in Hawaii.
“We look forward to Caprice returning to the Spirit,” Spirit coach Jim Gabarra said. “Her continued development as a pro player and person is something we believe has incredible potential.”
Dydasco was one of six players from UCLA’s 2013 national championship team to be drafted in 2015. At No. 19 overall, she was the last of the six players off the board. Five of the six were represented in the NWSL Championship.
After seeing less than 200 minutes as a rookie, Dydasco bloomed in her second season, making a dozen appearances and going the full 90 every time. She started both playoff matches last year coming off only after hurting her knee.
In other NWSL roster news on Friday, the Breakers have waived Stephanie Verdoia. The 29th pick in 2015, Verdoia made 18 appearances over two seasons with the Breakers.
Courage away jerseys on sale
A day after releasing their home jersey for sale, the North Carolina Courage have done the same with their away kit.
2017 North Carolina Courage away jerseys are now available!
— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) January 27, 2017
This is the Courage’s first season in The Triangle. Owner Steve Malik purchased them from the Sahlen Family who operated the club as the Buffalo and then Western New York Flash since 2009.
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