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Monday Roundup: Dunn, Chelsea clinch FAWSL Spring title

Chelsea beat out Manchester City on goal difference to take the FAWSL Spring Series.

Chelsea beat out Manchester City on goal difference to take the FAWSL Spring Series.

Chelsea defeated Birmingham City on Saturday to win the FA WSL Spring Series. No fewer than four teams went to the final round with a chance to win the intermediary season that was used as a bridge for the league to return to a fall-to-spring schedule later this year. But goals by Karen Carney and Fran Kirby gave Chelsea the 2-0 win and erased hopes for the other three.

American Crystal Dunn played the full 90 for Emma Hayes’s side, which finished the abbreviated campaign with 6 wins and a draw from 8 matches. The win offered some semblance of revenge after Birmingham surprised Chelsea in the semifinals of the FA Cup.

Manchester City, who handed Chelsea their only loss, entered the day level on points and ready to pounce on any Chelsea slipup, but it was not meant to be. The FA Cup champs won 3-1 away to Liverpool to dash long-shot title hopes for their hosts but were always in goal difference death mostly because Chelsea scored 7-0 wins over both Liverpool and Sunderland. Carli Lloyd, back from a 3-game red card suspension, put in a full shift for Manchester City.

Arsenal and Heather O’Reilly thumped Bristol City, 5-0 away but fell a point short of the top two.

In the other FA WSL match from Saturday, Sunderland and Reading FC played to a 1-1 draw. Yeovil Town FC, who finished bottom with a single point, were not on the schedule.

PSG re-sign Laure Boulleau

boulleauThe European summer is in full swing, and Paris Saint-Germain have locked up Laure Boulleau for the 2017-2018 season. The 30-year old defender made only two league appearances for PSG after battling injury through most of the season.

PSG is exiting a season in which they took Lyon to penalties in the final of both the French Cup and UEFA Champions League, but also slipped to third place in the domestic league. They were sitting pretty after defeating Lyon late in 2016, but a points penalty for playing a player not on the team sheet and a string of dodgy results in the second half left them outside the top two and out of next season’s Champions League.

Combining all competitions, Bolleau has appeared more than 200 times for PSG. She also has 65 international caps for France. She was not named to this summer’s European Championship roster.

USDeafWNT to scrimmage Sounders Women

The U.S. Deaf women’s national team will be in Seattle later this month and will play a scrimmage on June 24 against Seattle Sounders Women. Later that evening, the team will attend the Reign match against FC Kansas City at Memorial Stadium. The team will also be recognized at the Seattle Storm match on June 23.

The USDeafWNT are current world champions but pulled out of next month’s Deaflympics because of security concerns in Turkey. The team is led by head coach Amy Griffin and assistant Joy Fawcett.

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