December 20, 2016
Alex Morgan skipping start of NWSL season to join Lyon
ORLANDO, Fla. -- U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan will play for Olympique Lyonnaise in France, then return to the Orlando Pride for the second half of the NWSL season.
“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 in a release Tuesday. “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.”
“We are obviously disappointed that Alex will miss the beginning of the Pride season but understand her wishes to play in Europe and we look forward to her rejoining her teammates after Lyon’s season,” Orlando City SC president Phil Rawlins said. “This in no way affects our plans or commitment to growing Orlando Pride and we will continue providing the team the best available players, training resources and staff to become a championship contender in the NWSL and a leader in women’s professional soccer.”
Morgan and other USWNT players are allocated to NWSL by the USSF. The USSF and the USWNT Players Association are negotiating a Collective Bargaining Agreement, the current agreement set to expire Dec. 31.
Morgan played for the Pride in its inaugural season after being acquired from the Portland Thorns FC.