Sky Blue’s loaned players Evelyne Viens and Elizabeth Eddy started and played every minute in their matches abroad this past weekend. Viens was back in action with Paris FC and battled to a 1-1 draw while Eddy and Vittsjö GIK finished the season with a 3-1 loss against the 2020 Damallsvenskan champions.
Following a two-week break from league play, Paris FC took on EA Guingamp in the Division 1 Feminine on Saturday, November 14. With two assists in Paris FC’s previous match, Viens once again found herself starting at forward. A tight matchup for the first 45 minutes resulted in a scoreless draw heading into halftime. In the second half, EA Guingamp found the back of the net to go up 1-0 in the 58th minute. Paris FC would eventually find the equalizer with a late penalty kick, earned after Viens was taken down inside the box, in the 83rd minute to cap off the scoring for the day. The 1-1 draw earned Paris FC one point, keeping them in fifth-place on the table. With two matches remaining and six points up for grabs, Paris FC will look to move up the leaderboard and finish the season in the top three of the Division 1 Feminine.
Kawasumi and INAC Kobe Leonessa faced Cerezo Osaka Sakai in the Nadeshiko League on Saturday, November 14. The odds were in Kobe Leonessa’s favor heading into the weekend, having defeated Cerezo Osaka Sakai in their previous November 1 matchup. Cerezo Osaka Sakai scored in the 21st minute and held onto a 1-0 lead for the majority of the match until they notched a second goal in the 87th minute. The 2-0 loss marks an end to INAC Kobe Leonessa’s five-match winning streak in league play. Kawasumi was available off the bench but did not see time in the match. One match remains for Kobe Leonessa, who sit just two points above third-place NTV Beleza. A win this upcoming weekend would secure a second-place finish in the Nadeshiko League.
On November 15, Eddy and Vittsjö GIK played their final match of the Damallsvenskan. The team took on Göteborg FC, who clinched the league title on Saturday, November 6. Eddy has locked down the left back position for Vittsjö GIK, starting all but one match since her debut back in August. She played the full 90 minutes yet again this past weekend and faced a strong Göteborg attack. Göteborg opened the scoring with an early goal in the 13th minute followed by a second in the 31st minute. Goteborg was up 2-0 at the start of the second half and put a third on the scoreboard in the 71st minute. Vittsjö GIK responded with the match’s final goal in the 78th minute, resulting in a 3-1 victory for Göteborg. The result saw Vittsjö GIK finish the season at fifth-place in the Damallsvenskan with 35 points and a 9-4-9 record. Eddy scored two goals and played a total of 872 minutes during her time with Vittsjö GIK. As her loan period comes to an end, Eddy has returned to the U.S. and begun preparing for the 2021 NWSL season.
Sky Blue’s loaned players will look to close out their seasons on a high note as they return to the pitch this weekend. Kawasumi and INAC Kobe Leonessa will take on Albirex Niigata in their last match of the season on Friday, November 20, at 11:00 p.m. ET. Viens and Paris FC will face third-place Bordeaux on Sunday, November 22, at 6:45 p.m. ET.
SBFC Abroad Tracker
|Player||Team||Last Game||Minutes Played||Next Game|
|Evelyne Viens||Paris FC||1-1 draw vs. EA Guingamp||90||11/22 vs. Bordeaux|
|Elizabeth Eddy||Vittsjö GIK||3-1 loss vs. Göteborg FC||90|
|Nahomi Kawasumi||INAC Kobe Leonessa||2-0 loss vs. Cerezo Osaka Sakai||–||11/20 vs. Albirex Niigata|