[This is an article coming from Foot d'Elles - Gromit's translation]
Young forward - 18 years old - Lindsey Horan, recruited by PSG ?
Nothing innovative in itself, since the club's other two attackers are in the same age group. Horan is nevertheless the footballer of all records. Portrait.
Allison Blais (17) and Maknoun Leila (20 years old) confirm the facelift and ambitions of PSG's attacking trio. Except that Lindsey differs from Leila and Allison by two unique features, two records. Colorado Rush's young player became the youngest American player recruited by a professional European club. It is also the first time that an American player gets a pro contract overseas at the end of high school. And Lindsey Horan said in the U.S. press that recruitment was done just under a six-digit number.
For this American portrait, let's act in a U.S. way : let's speak about money first. What is this six-digit number? Dailypaper "20 Minutes" evokes a sum of 120 000 euros per month, ten times more than the salary of Lyon's Lotta Schelin, the highest paid player in the French women's championship. According to "ParisTeam.fr", it is an annual salary and not a monthly one.
But that was the least to prevent Lindsey Horan to continue her football career at the University of North Carolina. The American Colleges have the financial means to give red carpet treatments for the athletes. By signing with a foreign professional club, Lindsey will not be legally entitled to play for a university club in the United States anymore. The sacrifice should not be too troublesome, since Lindsey does not like studying.
Anyway, the sum is a pretty significant amount for an inexperienced player in Europe. Admittedly, Horan was a regular player for U-20 national team (with 10 goals in 12 caps), but a meniscus operation in July kept her away from fields this summer during the U-20 World Cup.
However, French league is not a stranger to Lindsey Horan. Colorado's young player had a discovery training with Olympique Lyonnais in 2011 fall. Rhone's club immediately proposed to convert it into employment. Offer declined, Lindsey chosing to spend the equivalent of Baccalauréat in her country [High School Level].
This does not prevent Lindsey Horan to follow with passion vicissitudes of European championships for years, French and Spanish leagues in particular. Logic, since she was taught Football by her brother and that Colorado Rush's president is French.
Lindsey Horan's contract with PSG lasts two years only. The young ambitious girl hopes it will serve as an express springboard towards the national team for which Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach play.
Lindsey knows her qualities : she is fast, sharp, ultra-powerful and a good finisher. Her youth is probably more an asset than a weakness and her inexperience of the European Championships is tempered by her dozen international selections.
Her main disadvantage is ... linguistic actually. Lindsey Horan arrived in Paris without speaking a word of French. She will have to learn the language now. And learn it as fast as she runs. Luckily, the contract with PSG states that the Parisian club will pay for its young American rookie's studies.
Lindsey, Foot d'Elles offers you your first lesson in French. Repeat after me: "I'll score a goal! I scored a goal! I won! I am the best! "
Original text (in French)
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