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Sky Blue signs defender Gina Lewandowski from Bayern Munich

After spending much of her career in Germany, defender Gina Lewandowski is returning to the United States to play with Sky Blue FC

Sky Blue FC has signed American defender Gina Lewandowski from FC Bayern Munich, pending receipt of her International Transfer Certificate, the club announced Tuesday.

Lewandowski joins the club after a seven-year stay with Munich, where she won two Frauen-Bundesliga titles, most recently at the end of the 2015-16 season. The defender has spent the majority of her career in Germany after beginning with FFC Frankfurt in 2007. The season she arrived saw Frankfurt win the treble – winning the league, domestic cup, and the since-rebranded UEFA Women’s Champions League.

In a club statement, Sky Blue head coach Denise Reddy described Lewandowski as “an exceptional defender with an attacking mindset that will bring even more experience to our backline.”

The move marks Lewandowski’s return to the United States. The defender played for the Western New York Flash during the 2011 season of the new defunct Women’s Professional Soccer. Additionally, Lewandowski has been capped by the U.S. women’s national team on a single occasion, coming on as a substitute in a friendly against Brazil in 2015.

In the statement issued by the club, the Pennsylvania native said she was “really excited to be coming back to the U.S. and to have the opportunity to play closer to home. … Sky Blue FC has a vision for the future, and I am excited to join the club and their push for women’s soccer.”

It is currently unknown when Lewandowski will be eligible for her debut.

Sky Blue next play the Washington Spirit at home on May 11.

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