Morgan Brian is headed to Lyon.
The U.S. women’s national team midfielder, who joined the Red Stars last season in a midseason trade, was announced alongside former Portland Thorns FC midfielder Amandine Henry on Monday as the newest signings of Olympique Lyonnais.
Lyon said Morgan’s contract runs until June 30, 2020. Chicago will retain her NWSL rights, the Red Stars said. She appeared in two games for the Red Stars last season after being traded from the Dash.
“We knew when we traded for Morgan that she had a strong desire to go overseas and play for Lyon,” Red Stars coach Rory Dames said in a statement issued Wednesday by the team. “We wish her the best of luck with Lyon, and will always welcome her back as we retain her rights. Our goal stays the same ahead of the 2018 season and we look forward to moving forward in a positive direction.”
Brian was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft by the Houston Dash and spent two and a half seasons in Houston before being traded to the Red Stars on August 30.
Excited for the next chapter!!????? https://t.co/MJAhhzRqXk
— Morgan Brian (@moeebrian) January 2, 2018