Yanks Abroad: Women's ranks in Europe grow

U.S. national team stars Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle begin their new club careers in the FA Women’s Super League on Saturday when Manchester City faces Aston Villa.

They are among dozens of American women in Europe's top leagues. Some are veterans of the European circuit. But the ranks have grown with the arrivals of players on short-term deals from NWSL teams, like national team defender Emily Sonnett at Goteborg in Sweden.

Others are straight out of college, including Cristina Fisher (Miami, Florida), Caeley Lordemann (Colorado State) and Amanda Visco (Rutgers) in Spain and Hana Kerner (Virginia) in France.

Cyprus (First Division)
Cassie Miller
, Apollon Ladies (Chicago Red Stars, loan)
Carson Pickett, Apollon Ladies (Orlando Pride, loan)

Denmark (Elitedivisionen)
Emily Boyd, Koge (Chicago Red Stars, loan)
Vicky Bruce, Fortuna Hjorring
Jessica Davis, Nordsjælland
Kelsey Daugherty, Fortuna Hjorring
Makenzy Doniak, Koge (Chicago Red Stars, loan)
Emily Garnier, Fortuna Hjorring
Machaela George, Fortuna Hjorring (OL Reign, loan)
Erin Gunther, AaB
Caroline Kehrer, AaB
Brenna Ochoa, Fortuna Hjorring
Maddie Pokorny, Koge
Mimi Rangel, Koge
Nicole Robertson, AaB
Lauren Sajewich, Koge
Sara Small, Koge

England (Barclays FA Women’s Super League)
Rose Lavelle, Manchester City
Sam Mewis, Manchester City

Finland (Naisten Liiga)
Kalyee Dao, HJK
Olivia Doak, PK-35 Vantaa
Mckenzie Grossman, KuPS
Alexa Genas, HJK
Lynsey Kelly, Ilves
Vanessa Kara, TiPS
Gabriela Pelogi, TPS
Ashley Riefner, Aland United
Kayla Sharples, KuPS (Chicago Red Stars, loan)
Shannon Simon, Aland United

France (Division 1 Arkema)
Tachel Avant, Soyaux
Celeste Boureille
, Fleury (Portland Thorns, loan)
Ashley Clark, Le Havre
Alana Cook, Paris SG (OL Reign, loan return)
Genessee Daughetee, Dijon
Deja Davis, Le Havre
Hannah Diaz, Fleury
Daphne Corboz, Paris FC
Rachel Corboz, Reims
Sh'nia Gordan, Dijon
Darian Jenkins, Bordeaux (OL Reign, loan)
Hana Kerner, Reims
Haley Lukas, Guingamp
Allison Pantuso, Issy
Jesse McDonough, Le Havre
Kayla Mills, Issy
Maya Neal, Le Havre
Allie Thornton, Le Havre
Phallon Tullis-Joyce, Reims

Germany (Frauen Bundesliga)
Bryane Heaberlin, Eintracht Frankfurt

Italy (Serie A Femenina)
Janelle Cordia, Fiorentina

Netherlands (Eredivisie Vroumen)
Ellie Jean, PSV
Anika Rodriguez, PSV

Scotland (Women’s Premier League)
Krystyna Freda, Glasgow City FC
Summer Green, Celtic
Sarah Teegarden, Celtic
Sharon Wojcik, Glasgow City
Zaneta Wyne, Glasgow City FC

Spain (Liga Femenina Iberdrola)
Anna Buhigas, Huelva
Emily Dolan, Real Betis
Kelsey Dossey, Espanyol
Claire Falknor, Huelva
Kristina Fisher, Huelva
Amanda Frisbie, Madrid
Adrienne Jordan, Granadilla Tenerife (OL Reign)
Caeley Lordemann, Santa Teresa
Katie Murray, Granadilla Tenerife
Toni Payne, Sevilla
Claire Pleuler, Granadilla Tenerife
Taylor Porter, Granadilla Tenerife
Kaeli Schmidt, Espanyol
Jackie Simpson, Granadilla Tenerife
Kylie Strom, Atletico Madrid
Amanda Visco, Santa Teresa
Mikela Waldman, Huelva

Sweden (Damallsvenskan)
Lauren Barnes
, Kristianstad (OL Reign, loan)
Rachel Bloznalis, Djurgarden
Kayla Braffet, Umea
Elizabeth Eddy, Vittsjo (Sky Blue FC, loan)
Cali Farquharson, Orebro
Brianne Folds, Goteborg
Katie Fraine, Vaxjo
Rachel Hill, Linkoping (Chicago Red Stars, loan)
Hailie Mace, Kristianstad (NC Courage, loan)
Brett Maron, Kristianstad
Phoebe McClernon, Vaxjo (Orlando Pride, loan)
Cosette Morche, Eskiltuna United
Emily Sonnett, Goteborg (Orlando Pride, short-term contract)
Heather Williams, Vittsjo
4 comments about "Yanks Abroad: Women's ranks in Europe grow".
  1. Ben Myers, September 5, 2020 at 11:29 a.m.

    This long list tells us that play in Europe is more attractive than NWSL for many women due to better training, better opportunities to develop as players, better moeny, sometimes all of the above.  The balance of power in women's soccer may be shifting away from this country.

  2. Jen Cooper, September 5, 2020 at 12:37 p.m.

    Many of these players are on loan since NWSL has limited games this fall, and some others are players who did not make NWSL rosters after being drafted, or went undrafted. Note that not all of these leagues have better facilities/support. It still varies league to league, club to club, even in Europe. There are still 200+ contracted players in NWSL, including the majority of the national team. And another 70 spots will be added in next two years with addition of expansion teams.

  3. R2 Dad, September 6, 2020 at 12:52 a.m.

    NWSL is sucking wind.  These player leaving is the begining of the end. UEFA CL is the goal, and NWSL has nothing to compete against this. My recomendation to align NWSL with W league was ignored, and now both leagues will be marginalized as a result. Well done, Amanda Duffy.

  4. Toby Rappolt, September 6, 2020 at 4:13 p.m.

    Hey Ben

    "The balance of power in women's soccer may be shifting away from this country."

    Anson predicted this 25 years ago.

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