Matildas defender Ellie Carpenter has joined European women’s football heavyweights Olympique Lyonnais.
- Ellie Carpenter was recruited by the French club following a solid stint in the US National Women’s Soccer League
- Olympique Lyonnais are six-time European Champions League winners
- Carpenter debuted for the Matildas as a 16-year-old and has made over 40 international appearances
The French club, six-time European Champions League winners, announced it had reached an agreement with Carpenter’s American club Portland Thorns to sign the 20-year-old.
It is a massive move for Carpenter, who will be joining a squad loaded with some of the biggest names in women’s football, including Norwegian star Ada Hegerberg.
Carpenter becomes the third Australian to join a French club in 2020.
Her Melbourne City teammate Emma Checker announced a switch to FC Fleury 91 this week, while teenager Mary Fowler moved to Montpellier earlier this year.
Carpenter’s move also comes less than 12 months after Matildas great Sam Kerr linked up with Chelsea in England’s Women’s Super League.
As well as its European titles, Olympique Lyonnais has dominated France’s Division 1 Feminine, claiming the championship 14 times.
After debuting in the W-League for Western Sydney Wanderers as a 15-year-old in 2015, Carpenter made her first appearance for the Matildas a year later.
She made history in 2018 when she debuted in the US National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) for Portland at 18 years and 11 days, making her the youngest player in the North American competition’s history.
She also become the youngest scorer in NWSL history.
Carpenter has made 42 appearances for the Matildas and was a member of Australia’s 2019 Women’s World Cup squad.
She helped Melbourne City win the 2019/20 W-League championship with a 1-0 triumph over Sydney FC in the final last March.