U.S. Abroad: Florida's Falknor signs with Bayern

Florida All-American Claire Falknor has signed with German champion Bayern Munich through the 2016-17 German Frauen-Bundesliga season, bucking the trend of young American stars to stay at home or return from Europe.

"Claire is a young, very talented defensive player who has deliberately chosen the challenge of a foreign country," sais Bayern coach Thomas Woerle. “We can use her variability and athleticism on defense as well as her footballing strengths. I look forward to a very strong-willed player personality.”

Falknor started every match in her senior season to finish her career with 65 consecutive starts. She was named to the U.S. under-23 national team for the 2015 Four Nations Tournament at the end of May, where she appeared in two matches.

"I am excited and grateful to have the opportunity to play for one of the most prestigious clubs in Europe,” Falknor said. “I look forward to the challenge to prove myself outside my comfort zone and grow as a person and player."

Falknor follows Americans Amber Brooks, Sarah Hagen and Katie Stengel, who have spent time at Bayern. Iceland international Dagny Brynjarsdottir, the 2014 Soccer America Women's Player of the Year, joined Bayern a year ago after leading Florida State to the 2014 college title, but she has joined the NWSL Portland Thorns.

Brooks, Hagen and Stengel are also back in the NWSL as the tug of war between European and American clubs has swung in favor of the NWSL.
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