Alex Morgan signs with Olympique Lyon for first half of 2017

Alex Morgan is on her way to France.

The Orlando Pride announced on Tuesday the U.S. Soccer star will join French side Olympique Lyon through the end of the European season, rejoining the Pride in May to finish the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League 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 statement. “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.”

The United States women’s national team is currently negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement, with the current agreement set to expire on Dec. 31, 2016. That would pave the way for Morgan to sign with any team as a free agent. 

The Orlando Pride will play its second season in the NWSL in 2017 at Orlando City Stadium, which is expected to be completed before the upcoming season.

 

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