U.S. women’s star Morgan joins Lyon

USA international Alex Morgan (pictured) will join France's Lyon for the remainder of its 2016/17 campaign. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Florida – United States women’s national team and Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan will join French side Lyon until the end of its season in May, it was announced Tuesday. Afterwards, the 27-year-old is expected to return for the remainder of the National Women’s Soccer League club’s 2017 campaign.

Morgan, a former Portland Thorns FC standout, scored four goals in 15 games during the Pride’s inaugural season in 2016.

“My decision to play for Lyon was not an easy one, but it is an important step in my evolution as a player,” Morgan said. “I want to thank the Pride and our incredible fans and community for their continued support. I look forward to returning home this summer as a better player and leader to join my teammates at our new stadium as we compete for a NWSL Championship.”

With the United States, Morgan has earned 120 caps and score 73 goals, while capturing titles in the FIFA Women’s World Cup (2015), the Olympics (2012), the CONCACAF Women’s Championship (2014) and the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship (2012, 2016). She was also named the CONCACAF Female Player of the Year in 2013.