Since the National Women’s Soccer League kicked off play in 2013 — and before the COVID-19 pandemic — American players have only rarely headed to Europe, and then, almost always on short-term winter loans or because they couldn’t get a shot at their professional dreams in the United States.
The move to forego the NWSL is even more uncommon for top college players, and over eight years of play in the league, only a handful have made Europe their first-choice destination.
Rachel Corboz — a two-time Big East Midfielder of the Year and two-time first-team All-American — is one of those few exceptions, heading to France’s Division 1 Feminine after her final season at Georgetown University in 2017.
“I always kind of knew I wanted to go abroad and see what else was out there,” she told The Equalizer.
“I think the league [in France] is quite technical and tactical and I think that fits my style of play more than it would in other countries,” she added.
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