Monday, September 19, 2022

Canadian defender Vanessa Giles joins French powerhouse Lyon on loan. CBC Sports

Canada international defender Vanessa Giles has joined French powerhouse Lyon on loan from NWSL’s Angel City FC.

The loan comes with the Lyon option to buy the rights to play the 26-year-old Ottawa product.

Upon his arrival in Lyon, Gilles joins the club that used to be the home of his partner Kadisha Buchanan, with Canada at the centre. Buchanan moved to Chelsea, England in July after 5 1/2 years at Lyon.

Gilles filled a void for Lyon, who lost French international defender Griez Ambok to a knee injury in a game against Greece earlier this month.

“Unfortunately I won’t be able to finish the season with the girls and help with the final push to the playoffs,” Giles said in a social media post.

“Leaving midseason was not an easy decision, especially without being able to properly thank you all for helping us feel right at home in LA and making every home game feel so special. Although Lyon’s I can’t let every competitor’s dream of playing in the Champions League and competing for the trophy take away from being able to sign together and go live.”

Gilles has won 22 caps for Canada, including 19 starts, and was part of the gold medal team in Tokyo.

The move marks a return to France for Gilles, who joined Angel City last December in a transfer from FC Girondins de Bordeaux, where he has played since July 2018.

Giles played collegiate football at the University of Cincinnati, joining Ligue 1 Ontario team West Ottawa SC before signing with Cyprus First Division’s Apollon Ladies FC in early 2018.

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