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Monday Roundup: Morgan, Lyon Win 11th Straight French Title

ALSO IN TODAY’S ROUNDUP, ERIN MCLEOD PLAYS AGAIN, MEEHAN AND MATHESON RECEIVE HONORS, USYWNT ROSTERS ANNOUNCED, AND MORE

Alex Morgan led OL in goals in their Coupe de France semifinal win. (photo courtesy Olympique Lyonnais)

Alex Morgan led Lyon to victory in France. (photo courtesy Olympique Lyonnais)

Braces from Alex Morgan, Ada Hegerberg, and Eugénie Le Sommer, as well as goals from Wendie Renard, Saki Kumagi, and a Soyaux own goal, contributed to a 9-0 thrashing of Soyaux as Olympique Lyon won their 11th straight Division 1 Féminine title. The team is currently 19-0-1 in the season, with two matches to go.

They will meet rivals Paris Saint-Germain three times over the next month, once to wrap Division 1 Féminine play, once in the final of the Coupe de France Féminine as they look to defend five straight titles, and finally in the Champions League final on June 1 in Cardiff, Wales. Morgan and company knocked Carli Lloyd’s Manchester City out in the Champions League semifinal on the way to defending their 2016 title. Morgan is expected to rejoin the Orlando Pride after that match in June.

ERIN MCLEOD RETURNS TO THE FIELD

Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod saw the field for FC Rosengard for the first time in more than a year after suffering her third ACL tear in early 2016, forcing her to miss the Rio Olympics. McLeod, who left the Houston Dash after the 2015 season to sign with the Swedish team, earned a clean sheet in her return as Rosengard easily defeated Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC (whose roster includes Americans Sarah Teegarden and Savannah Levin) 5-0 with a brace from Ella Masar, another former Dash player.

The goalkeeper returned to action in March, spending time training with Rosengard’s youth squads before beginning practice with the full team and sitting on the bench for the team’s exit from the Champions League in the quarterfinals. McLeod trained with Canada last month but has not yet returned to the squad. The roster for next month’s friendlies against Costa Rica has yet to be announced.

MEEHAN NAMED BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLE OF THE YEAR

McKenzie Meehan is now Boston College's all-time leader in points.

McKenzie Meehan receives an honor from her alma mater.

Sky Blue forward McKenzie Meehan has been named Boston College’s female Eagle of the Year, an annual award given to the school’s top male and female student-athletes for their achievements both on and off the field. It is considered Boston College’s highest honor for a student-athlete.

Meehan was extremely prolific in her time as an Eagle, setting the program records for most career goals, points, and game-winning goals. In 2013, she also set the program’s single season goal record at 20. When not terrorizing defenders on the pitch, Meehan earned both an undergraduate degree and an MBA from the university. She has seen time with both the U-20 and U-23 USWNTs, and was drafted in 2017 with the 23rd overall pick by Sky Blue. She has made two appearances for the team so far.

USWNT STARS CRITICIZE FIFA APPOINTMENT

Mahfuza Akhter Kiron of Bangladesh is under immediate criticism after she won a vote today over Moya Dodd of Australia to hold the female representative’s spot for the Asian confederation on FIFA’s governing council. Dodd, a former Australian international, was considered the favorite after serving as an appointed member of FIFA from 2013 to 2016. She is a former vice president and current executive committee member of the Asian Football Confederation.

When asked by the BBC to name the current women’s world champions, Kiron first replied with Korea and Japan before getting it correct on her third try with the U.S. Naturally, this did not sit well with many of those players, some of whom, such as Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, and Morgan Brian, took to social media to express their displeasure with her lack of knowledge.

MATHESON HONORED IN HOMETOWN

Diana Matheson (Photo: Canada Soccer)

Diana Matheson was honored in her hometown. (Photo: Canada Soccer)

Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson received a unique honor in her hometown of Oakville, Ontario, where they designated a street in her honor. Rambler Court will retain its name but has a received a ceremonial sign in tandem, naming it Diana Matheson Way. Matheson grew up in Oakville and is a graduate of White Oaks Secondary School, where she captained the soccer team.

The Princeton graduate was traded in the offseason from the Washington Spirit to the Seattle Reign, but she tore her ACL before the current NWSL season began, forcing her to miss the 2017 entirely. She has been a member of the Canadian Women’s National Team since 2003, winning back to back bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

SKY BLUE ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

Sky Blue FC celebrate Raquel Rodriguez's goal that have them a 1-0 win over FC Kansas City on Sunday. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Sky Blue FC is forming a girls’ development academy. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Sky Blue FC will be partnering with New York Soccer Club to form Sky Blue – NYSC, a youth development program that will be an inaugural member of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy, which launches this fall. The program will field teams at all levels from U14 to U19 and on top of player development, will also serve as a scouting tool and pathway to the US Soccer Youth National Teams.

“We are very excited to establish Sky Blue – NYSC and be named as an initial member of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy, and to play a pivotal role in the furtherance and development of the women’s game,” said Steven Temares, co-owner of Sky Blue. “As an organization, we remain focused on the technical ability and tactical awareness of our players. We also strive to play a brand of entertaining and winning soccer that is world-class in caliber. With the establishment of Sky Blue – NYSC, we are thrilled to join the exceptional talents of New York Soccer Club with the women’s professional game. New York Soccer Club has produced many youth national players through their U.S. Soccer Boys’ Development Academy program, and we look forward to having similar success on the girls’ side with Sky Blue – NYSC.”

U-19, U-20 ROSTERS ANNOUNCED FOR MATCHES AGAINST JAPAN

The U-19 and U-20 USWNTs will hold training camps at the US Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, later this month. Both teams will face Japan’s U-20 team at the conclusion of their camps. The U-20 roster features Jaelin Howell, Sophia Smith, and Brianna Pinto, all of whom have been included in recent senior WNT camps. Defender Samantha Hiatt will attend both camps.

U-20 WNT Roster:

Goalkeepers: Amanda Dennis (Penn State; Palmetto, Fla.), Brooke Heinsohn (Duke; Norfolk, Mass.), Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside, Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.)

Defenders: Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; Akron, Ohio), Julie Doyle (San Diego Surf; Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Emily Fox (UNC; Ashburn, Va.), Samantha Hiatt (Stanford; Newcastle, Wash.), Tara McKeown (San Diego Surf; Newbury Park, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.), Sophia Serafin (West Coast FC; Glendora, Calif.)

Midfielders: Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Taylor Kornieck (Colorado; Henderson, Nev.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Viviana Villacorta (Beach FC; Lawndale, Calif.)

Forwards: Amirah Ali (PDA; Voorhees, N.J.), Belle Briede (Tophat SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Mireya Grey (Crossfire SC; Seattle, Wash.), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Adrienne Richardson (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Oakdale, Minn.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Scottsdale, Ariz.)

U-19 WNT Roster:

Goalkeepers: Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Melbourne, Fla.), Zoe Clevely (Irvine Strikers; Huntington Beach, Calif.)

Defenders: Kerry Abello (Eclipse Select; Batavia, Ill.), Malia Berkely (Florida State; Liberty Township, Ohio), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Stanford; Newcastle, Wash.), Tavia Leachman (Utah; Long Beach, Calif.), Julie Mackin (Clemson; Castle Rock, Colo.), Kaiya McCullough (UCLA; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.)

Midfielders: Samantha Coffey (Match Fit Academy; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), Kristina Fisher (Miami; Jupiter, Fla.), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.), Natalie Winters (Iowa; Plymouth, Mich.), Taryn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Penn.)

Forwards: Theresa Boade (Colorado Rush; Castle Rock, Colo.), Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Emina Ekic (Javanon FC; Fairdale, Ky.), Wrenne French (Tennessee SC; Franklin, Tenn.), Cecilia Gee (Stanford; Orinda, Calif.), Tziarra King (N.C. State; Sicklerville, N.J.), Cameron Murtha (Bethesda SC; Kensington, Md.)

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