Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan will return to the Pride next season and will not play for Olympique Lyon in France in 2018, she and the Pride announced Sunday. Morgan had spent the first half of 2017 with Lyon, where she won a Champions League title.
“I agreed with Lyon to terminate our contract and continue with Orlando Pride moving forward,” Morgan said in a video shared by the Pride on social media. “I feel like the present of this club and the future of this club is just going above and beyond and it’s going to do incredible things. I’m really happy here. This is my home. As happy as I was this year playing with two clubs, I will be with Orlando Pride moving forward. “
— Orlando Pride (@ORLPride) September 3, 2017
Morgan said that when she signed with Lyon, she signed for six months in 2017, with a mutual option for her to return to Lyon in 2018. But that ultimately she decided to stay in Orlando next season.
“It was an amazing season,” she said of her time with Lyon. “I felt like I did what I went there to do. I felt fulfilled with that season that I went there for. Coming back here, I knew the amazing club that supported me through that process. Both of the clubs were very understanding throughout the whole process.”
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) September 3, 2017
At the moment, the Pride (10-6-5, 35 points) are in third place in the NWSL and riding a five game-winning streak. Morgan is the reigning NWSL Player of the Month after scoring seven goals and two assists in August. She scored in all five August matches and recorded three straight game-winning goals.
“I feel really good right now. I would say I am in pretty good form. This team is in good form. It’s clicking together,” she said.