But for Lindsey, the move was about even more than just on-pitch excellence, it was about fulfilling a lifelong dream.
“I’ve wanted to play in Europe my entire life,” she said. “After I made the move, I was a little fearful at first just because I didn’t know what to expect. I was only 18 years old, didn’t speak any French, and was entering a whole new culture. But I found out that soccer is a language of its own and that eased all my worries.”
As her skills and career blossomed, she reached another major milestone: playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team. It wouldn’t take long for her to stand out on this stage too, but gaining a bigger role back in the U.S. was proving to be difficult with PSG halfway across the world.
“My PSG coaches knew that playing for the U.S. National Team was a goal and aspiration of mine,” Lindsey said. PSG let her leave her contract with their organization and pursue one with a club from the NWSL. “I was able to find a great home with the Portland Thorns and fully dedicate myself to the Olympic qualifying process, but I will always be thankful that PSG let me make that decision.”
Lindsey’s now on the brink of soccer greatness, because she chose to take big chances and believe in herself.