The French Dream.

Photo Credit: Portland Thorns

Ellie Carpenter moves to Europe, joining 6 time Women’s Champions League winners Olympique Lyon. What’s exceedingly cool is this involved money and was a “proper” transfer from Portland. Due to lack of contracts, this is usually a rarity in the women’s game, even more so for American clubs.

The stakes are high now for Carpenter. Play well, be in the starting XI then she’ll be playing and learning from the cream of the crop in Europe. But, if she doesn’t find form or her groove there it could wind up being long spells on the bench.

If Carpenter’s W-League season with City is anything to go by, never, ever back against the youngster. She’s gonna rock it in France the way a fresh croissant rocks tastebuds.

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