Hofstra Alum Galton Signs With Bayern Munich

Leah Galton. Photo: Sky Blue FC

For the past two years, Leah Galton has played professionally with Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League.

Now, the Hofstra University graduate and native of Harrogate, England, is heading back to Europe having signed with FC Bayern Munich Women of the Frauen-Bundesliga.

“Sky Blue FC has been not only my team, but also my family for the past two seasons. The decision to leave was by far the hardest I have had to make in my career to date,” said Galton.

In an article on WomensSoccerZone.com, Galton said her motivation to join Bayern Munich was simple. “I hope that this change in team, league, country and lifestyle will make me better as a player and a person.”

She feels playing in Europe will not only provide her an opportunity to compete in Champions League but also will provide her a chance to compete for a spot on England’s women’s national team to play in the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympics.

Sky Blue selected Galton with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. In her rookie season, she made 10 starts over 14 appearances, registering three goals and four assists. During the 2017 campaign, she was sidelined with an injury for part of the season but still managed to record two goals and an assist over 16 matches (six starts).

“First and foremost, we want to thank Leah for everything she has done for our club over the past two seasons,” said Tony Novo, Sky Blue FC President & General Manager. “We will truly miss Leah, both on and off the field. On behalf of everyone here at Sky Blue FC, we want to wish her all the best in Germany, and we will definitely be her biggest fans from afar.”

During her collegiate playing days, Galton was a fixture on the Hofstra pitch throughout her four-years with the Pride. She started 80 of her 82 appearances had finished with 48 goals and 26 assists. In 2015, her senior season, she was named a United Soccer Coaches All-American.

In the WomensSoccerZone.com article, Galton wrote of her four years at Hofstra, “(On Long Island) I got used to the American way of life and the ability to express myself on the field. My coaches believed in me and helped me improve my game every season and my teammates helped me improve in many ways, on and off the field. (At Hofstra) I felt a real love for the game. This was the foundation for my successful time in America and I will be forever honored to be a Hofstra alumni.”