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Friday Roundup: Aulas, Lyon courting USWNT stars again

Also in today’s roundup, the Scottish Premier League lands its first major sponsor

A year after successfully attracting Alex Morgan, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is apparently at it again.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said he does not believe Alex Morgan will be back with his club but that he is in negotiations with another U.S. player. The information was brought to light in a series of tweets by Asif Burhan of The Morning Star.

The “her” in the latter tweet is Morgan. A year ago, Aulas staged a public wooing of Morgan that at one point included an offer for her husband Servando Carrasco to play for Lyon’s reserve team. Eventually Morgan signed a short-term contract and spent January-June with the French club. With Morgan in tow, Lyon repeared as treble winners, taking down the French league and Cup as well as the UEFA Champions League.

U.S. players are not directly contracted to their NWSL clubs. They are contracted to U.S. Soccer who subsidizes the league’s front office and some player salaries. When Morgan and other players signed to play in Europe last season, a looming labor impasse made contract statuses murky. A collective bargaining agreement was signed earlier this year, part of which called for national team players to support NWSL by playing in the league.

Currently the only known contracted U.S. Soccer player not in NWSL is Crystal Dunn who is with Chelsea.

Scottish Premier League nabs first major sponsor

The Scottish Building Society has signed on as the Premier League’s first major sponsor.

The Scottish Building Society has agreed to a three-year agreement with the Premier League to become the women’s league’s first major sponsor. The announcement of the six-figure deal comes on the heels of Scotland’s first trip to the European Championship earlier this summer.

“As the women’s game continues to grow, having the support of an organisation such as Scottish Building Society will help us achieve our vision of being world-class women’s footballing nation,” Fiona McIntyre, executive officer at Scottish Women’s Football told Sky Sports.

The title of the league’s website now reads: Welcome | Scottish Building Society Women’s Premier League

The new Scottish season kicks off this weekend.


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