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Friday Roundup: Lyon to replace Chelsea in this summer’s ICC Women’s Tournament

Also in today’s roundup, Solo assault charges dismissed after four years and NWSL injury report released ahead of weekend games

Lyon, European champions again, will be in the US this summer (photo by Daniela Porceli)

The International Champions Cup announced today that Olympique Lyon, who just won their fifth UEFA Champions League title yesterday, will compete in the inaugural ICC Women’s Tournament this July in Miami.

Lyon, a team that was not originally scheduled to compete in the tournament, is replacing Chelsea who withdrew for 2018, but is expected to return in 2019. In addition to Lyon, the North Carolina Courage, Manchester City and Paris-Saint Germain will participate in the first iteration of a women’s International Champions Cup in the U.S. The event will take place over two match days at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. There will be semifinal matches July 27 followed by a third-place match and final on July 29.

Solo assault charges dismissed after four years

Solo’s charges were dropped four years after the assault charge (Photo copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Earlier this week, the city of Kirkland, WA dismissed all domestic violence charges against Hope Solo after an incident four years ago.

Solo was charged in 2014 with two counts of fourth-degree assault after police say she assaulted two family members at a Kirkland home.

The case has come to a close after a series of appeals. Court documents from the case showed that Attorney Melissa Osman, who represents the city of Kirkland wrote that the circumstances of the case were unlikely to happen again and that the prosecution witnesses did not want to testify.

NWSL injury report released ahead of weekend games

Ahead of this weekend’s game, the league announced the injury report. More details below.

Chicago Red Stars

OUT: Vanessa DiBernardo (stress fracture pelvis – D45), Stephanie McCaffrey (illness), Casey Short (right ankle sprain – D45)

Houston Dash

OUT: None

Orlando Pride 

OUT: Camila (right knee surgery – D45), Toni Pressley (left quad strain)
QUESTIONABLE: Sydney Leroux (illness), Monica (right knee soreness)

Portland Thorns FC

OUT: Adrianna Franch (right knee meniscus surgery), Bella Geist (left quad strain), Meg Morris (left hip pain), Hayley Raso
(right knee sprain), Emily Sonnett (lower back pain)

Seattle Reign FC

OUT: Yael Averbuch (illness), Jaycie Johnson (right knee sprain – D45), Megan Oyster (left knee sprain)

Sky Blue FC

QUESTIONABLE: Erica Skroski (right hamstring strain), Rebekah Stott (right groin strain)

Utah Royals FC

OUT: Alex Arlitt (left knee strain – SEI), Mandy Laddish (right hip contusion – SEI), Kelley O’Hara (right hamstring strain)

Washington Spirit 

OUT: Cali Farquharson (left tibial stress injury – D45), Cheyna Matthews (pregnancy), Arielle Ship (right ACL recovery – D45)

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