WSL star Vivianne Miedema will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, she announced on social media Monday.

In a video posted to Arsenal's main Instagram page, the Dutch striker said that it was time for her seven-year journey with the club to come to an end.

"To have represented a club like this, with so much history and tradition, has been an absolute honor,” she said. "So above all else, I would like to say thank you for making this chapter of my life so memorable."

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Widely regarded as one of the best forwards in the world, Miedema has been dealing with an ongoing ACL injury over the past two seasons, an issue that kept her out of last summer’s Women's World Cup. In her personal farewell post, the former Gunner said rupturing her ACL has been "one of the toughest things I’ve had to go through in my career," noting that her Arsenal teammates’ support was "something I’ll always remember."

Even still, she said, "it’s time to move on." Miedema joined the Gunners in 2017 from Bayern Munich, scoring 125 goals and providing 50 assists over 172 appearances. She was the WSL’s top scorer in 2018-19, setting the all-time record with 78 goals as she helped Arsenal win the league title for the first time in seven years. 

Miedema took home a second Golden Boot for her efforts during the 2019-2020 season. Her six-goal outing against Bristol City in 2019 still counts as the most goals scored by an individual player in a single match in WSL history. In March 2022, she became the first player in WSL history to reach 100 goal involvements, and remains the league's all-time leading scorer.

Sources have said that head coach Jonas Eidevall's side opted not to offer Miedema a new contract for the upcoming season.

"On behalf of everyone at the club, we thank Viv for her huge contribution towards the success of the team during her seven years with us," said Arsenal sporting director Edu Gaspar in a team statement. "Viv’s goals and overall performances as an Arsenal player have been of the highest quality, and she has created so many wonderful memories for us over the years. We wish Viv and her family the best of health and happiness for the future."

Several hours after the news broke Monday morning, ESPN reported that Manchester City was interested in signing the 27-year-old, pegging City as her "most likely destination." Neither club has confirmed the reports.

Chelsea began Sunday with their WSL title hopes a distant dream... before closing out the weekend right back in the thick of the title chase.

The Blues made a last-ditch effort to claim their fifth consecutive Barclays WSL title on Sunday with an 8-0 win over relegation-bound Bristol City. The victory came after a visiting Arsenal upset current table-toppers Manchester City at Joie Stadium, besting the home side 2-1 on back-to-back goals from Stina Blackstenius. With the win, the third-place Gunners re-opened the door for Chelsea to finish level at the top of the table on points.

Chelsea remains second in the standing, with 49 points to Manchester City's 52. But the barrage of goalscoring over the weekend could be enough to overtake City's potential tiebreak advantage in goal differential, leaving even coach Emma Hayes in awe.

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Chelsea holds a game in hand, but the Blues will need to win their May 15th match against Tottenham to give them a shot at the title. Should they take all three points, the title race will come down to the final weekend, when Chelsea squares off with Manchester United while City faces Aston Villa on Saturday, May 18th. 

Set to take over the USWNT in June, Hayes acknowledged the likelihood of finishing out her time at Chelsea with zero trophies, after losing in both the Conti Cup final and UWCL semifinal last month. But for now, her initial pessimism has subsided.

"Let me be clear, it's not f*****g over," Hayes said after coaching her last home match with Chelsea on Sunday. "There's no time for sentimentality, all work drinks are canceled. There's a title to be won.

"This group of players taught me something so special this week — that you never ever give up."

England superstar Lucy Bronze is heading to European powerhouse Barcelona, with the club announcing the news Saturday.

The 30-year-old defender signed a two-year deal with Barcelona, joining the team on free transfer from Manchester City.

Bronze made 111 appearances in her two-year tenure with the Women’s Super League club, taking home five trophies.

Representing England at this summer’s European Championship, Bronze will connect with her new team after the tournament.

Bronze joins Barcelona on the heels of a landmark season, with the club completing a domestic treble, winning all 30 of their league matches while making a Champions League final run before falling to Lyon in the title game.

Deyna Castellanos has signed with Manchester City, the club announced Friday.

The 23-year-old striker is joining the club on a three-year deal starting July 1. She previously had been with Atlético Madrid.

The Venezuelan native spent her college years at Florida State, scoring 48 goals in 82 appearances and earning one of the final three spots for FIFA Best Player of the Year in 2017.

Castellanos joined Madrid in 2020 and scored 23 times in 58 appearances for the club. During the 2020-21 season, she helped the team win the Supercopa de España Femenina.

She will wear No. 10 for City, the same number she wore when playing for the Seminoles.

“I’m very happy to be a Manchester City player – it is a huge move for myself in my career and I can’t wait for it to begin,” she said. “Looking around at all the facilities here, it is just amazing – I believe that this Club will help to improve me as a player, and I hope that I can help Manchester City too.

“The style of football that the team play was very attractive to me and I feel as though I can fit in very well here, whilst also being challenged to develop and grow.”

Manchester City coach Gareth Taylor added that the team is “thrilled” to have Castellanos on board.

“She is a player we have admired for a long time and we’re so pleased that we have been able to finally bring her to the club,” he said.

Castellanos also has been a member of the Venezuelan national team system since childhood. Last year, she was one of many players who alleged that coach Kenneth Zsermeta had sexually harassed and abused them.

Chelsea is set to face off against Manchester City in the FA Cup final Sunday, with both clubs looking to add to their 2022 trophy haul.

How to watch:

The marquee matchup will air Sunday, May 15, at 9:30 a.m. ET on ESPN+.


Chelsea and Manchester City will take center stage at Wembley Stadium in front of what is predicted to be a record crowd for women’s football.

The standing attendance record for the Women’s FA Cup final is 45,423, set by Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in 2018.

Ahead of the title matchup, the FA Cup announced that over 50,000 tickets already had been sold.

What’s at stake for Chelsea:

The Blues will look to defend their FA Cup trophy from last season and add to their 2022 Women’s Super League title. Should Chelsea prove victorious Sunday, the club will have won five of the previous six domestic championships, extending their dominant streak.

Chelsea is coming off an emphatic 4-2 win over Manchester United backed by a stunning second-half performance by Sam Kerr to lock up the WSL table.

If Chelsea’s offense gets going as it did against United, they will be a hard team to beat.

What’s at stake for Manchester City:

Manchester City downed Chelsea in the duo’s last championship showdown, taking home the FA Women’s League Cup in March.

In search of a fourth FA Cup title, City will hope to extend its 13-game winning streak to add to its 2022 silverware.

Manchester City cruised to a 4-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday, booking their ticket to the FA Cup final.

West Ham put Man City under pressure early in the semifinal matchup, but two quick goals from Ellen White and Chloe Kelly quieted the hosts’ momentum.

Kelly’s first-half finish marks the 24-year-old’s first goal since returning from her ACL injury.

Lisa Evans cut Man City’s lead in half, beating the goalkeeper one-on-one to give West Ham hope heading into the break.

Following the half, however, Man City continued to pull away, with Lauren Hemp scoring a pair of goals to hand her side the 4-1 victory.

Man City will face the winner of Sunday’s semifinal between Chelsea and Arsenal in the final at Wembley Stadium on May 15. The club last hoisted the competition’s trophy in 2020.

Manchester City came from behind to defeat back-to-back champions Chelsea 3-1 in the Continental Cup final on Saturday.

A trio of second-half goals lifted Manchester City to victory after a challenging opening 45 minutes.

Sam Kerr got Chelsea on the board in the 34th minute, collecting a loose ball in the box before slotting home the go-ahead goal for the Blues.

Manchester City responded quickly after the break, with Caroline Weir equalizing in the 49th minute with a close-range shot inside the box.

Manchester City took the lead less than 10 minutes later when Ellen White tapped in a deflected shot by Lauren Hemp.

Weir padded Manchester City’s lead with her second goal in the 69th minute, volleying in a loose ball off a corner kick to put her side up 3-1.

The win gives head coach Gareth Taylor his second trophy with Manchester City.

Georgia Stanway has become Manchester City’s all-time leading goal scorer after notching a hat-trick in the club’s 8-0 thrashing over Nottingham Forest in Saturday’s Women’s FA Cup fourth-round matchup.

With 64 Man City goals, Stanway surpasses Nikita Parris’s previously held record of 63 goals in City colors.

“I’m so pleased for her [Stanway] because she’s showing real hot form at the moment,” said Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor following Saturday’s win. “She’s been great to work with, particularly her attitude and application to try new positions and affect the play wherever she plays. I’m really delighted for her today.”

Stanway has been with Manchester City since 2015, making her debut with the club at just 16 years old.

With Saturday’s victory, the City striker and the rest of the team advance to the Women’s FA Cup fifth round, set for Monday.

The final episode of Season 1 of The Soccer Show dropped Wednesday, with Dave and Haley recapping the ending of the FA WASL season and welcoming Manchester City’s Janine Beckie as their final guest. 

The Canadian Superstar and Man City utility knife stopped by to discuss the rivalry between City and Chelsea, finding her form late in the season, and what it was like playing alongside USWNT star Sam Mewis. 

“It’s definitely a fiery rivalry,” Beckie said on the show while discussing the title race between City and Chelsea. “You make it difficult when you leave the fate of the league up to another team, so we didn’t take care of business when we should have and had some pretty poor performances that resulted in draws early on in the season that came back to bite us a little bit. At the end of the day, we didn’t do enough to win and they did, so gotta tip our hat to them.”

She adds that it was odd playing opposite of Canadian National Team teammate Jesse Flemming, who is a midfielder for Chelsea, especially when they were warming up and would run into each other.

In regards to finding her form, Beckie admits that it was a bit difficult switching positions all season. 

“It’s difficult because versatility can be a double-edged sword, you don’t really get the chance to master one position,” she said, while maintaining that she tries her best to see it as a positive. “I do think it brings a lot of value to the team and I’m happy to do a job for the team when I need to.”

“Unfortunately my form came a little late to make the impact I would have liked to have had.”

But finding her form also came alongside linking up with USWNT star Sam Mewis, which Beckie says is a dream come true. 

“Of a lot of the players in the world, Sam is definitely one I would have had on my list as dream teammates, so to be able to play with her has been really great,” Beckie said. “She is the ultimate competitor, is so competitive. I love it. She’s a winner. She just wants to win and She’ll do whatever it takes to win and you can’t really complain about that as a teammate.”

“She’s come in and she’s had an impact massively on the club. Scored some really big goals for us and had some really big performances.” 

Catch the full show below, and be sure to stick around for a special announcement, as Haley announces which FAWSL team she’ll be supporting in the future.

Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham on Wednesday kept the club atop the Super League standings going into the final weekend of play.

Despite a disciplined defensive performance from the Spurs, Chelsea managed to grab a point in each half to secure the win.

Sam Kerr scored both goals for Chelsea, the first coming five minutes before halftime. The Australian forward snuck in a bouncing cross at the far post to give her team the lead.

Early in the second half, Kerr stuck again — this time rifling in a rebound off her own header to put Chelsea up 2-0.

Chelsea will go on to face Reading in their final game of the season. A win on Sunday would secure Chelsea the FAWSL title; a loss, and a win by Manchester City in their game against West Ham, means the title could be decided on goal differential.

Relegation also hangs in the balance this weekend.

After an Aston Villa-West Ham draw last weekend, the relegation battle has zeroed in on Bristol City and Aston Villa.

Bristol City sits at the bottom of the table with a substantial disadvantage in goal differential. The club needs a win against Brighton on Sunday to keep their Super League hopes alive.