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Lindsey Horan: Better And Bolder

Lindsey Horan walks you through the biggest and most beneficial move of her career.

“It was probably one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made.”
Lindsey Horan
Midfielder

In 2012, the future star was on top of the high school sports world. Many scouts had her ranked as the best female soccer recruit in the U.S. Elite college programs like North Carolina came sprinting to her doorstep, offering full scholarships and immediate playing time. But instead of stepping onto her favorite campus, she made a move that was unprecedented in the women’s soccer realm—she took her considerable talents to Paris Saint-Germain, a professional club in France.

The days leading up to making the choice felt like months. “I was hearing from a lot of different people at the same time,” Lindsey said. “They all were very opinionated.”

The best advice she received was from Erik Bushey, a coach she got to know during her time with the Colorado Rush youth program.

“It wasn’t exactly something he said. He just really took the time to sit me down and give me both sides. He’d tell me ‘Lindsey, you need to do what’s best for you.’ It was really cool to hear that from a coach and it really helped.”
Lindsey Horan
Midfielder

In the end, her move to PSG paid huge dividends. After switching positions from midfielder to forward, she thrived for the club, scoring 53 goals in 75 matches. Every game, Lindsey was facing world-class competitors.

“I was playing with elite players from throughout the globe (with PSG,)” Lindsey said. “I gained so much experience in that environment.”

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.

“No matter what it is, you need to be comfortable with the big decisions you make. For me, I looked at myself and said, ‘what am I most passionate about?’ And the answer was always soccer.”
Lindsey Horan
Midfielder
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