Alex Morgan officially signed with Olympique Lyonnais yesterday, confirming an anticipated departure for the USWNT and Orlando Pride striker. In other news, Melbourne Victory had their second consecutive loss after winning the first 16 regular season games in club history. Here is your women’s soccer week in review.
Alex Morgan is heading to France
U.S. women’s national team and Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan signed a half-season contract with Olympique Lyonnais. Morgan will stay through the end of the club’s current season, which could last until June 1. Morgan says she will return to her NWSL club at the conclusion of her stint in France. In a piece posted on The Players’ Tribune, Morgan said she will be available for all national team games.
Morgan’s departure is a heavy blow to the Pride, who finished their inaugural season in second-to-last place. While Morgan was instrumental to the attack, she was often left isolated. With Morgan gone for close to two months, Orlando will likely need to find another forward to diminish the loss.
Stepping back and looking at the big picture, the NWSL is fine. It’s healthy for players to go abroad and pick up a different style. In terms of business, the loss of a national team player or two shouldn’t spell downfall for the league. What will be interesting for the 2017 season is the other players linked to a move abroad. There are rumors Canadian defender and recent West Virginia University graduate Kadeisha Buchanan will play in Europe, and Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn is considering playing in France per several reports.
Pride acquire Brazilian international
Orlando Pride signed former Houston Dash defender Camila. Camila played with the Dash in 2015 and played with a Brazilian side in 2016. “She is a young, dynamic and versatile player who we believe will be a valuable asset to our team,” said Orlando Pride head coach Tom Sermanni. “We’re excited to bring someone with her skill and potential to the club.” In her time with the Dash, Camila struggled to match the pace and physicality of the NWSL. Camila started six games and was part of a backline that conceded 26 goals over 20 games.
Melbourne City fall again
Washington Spirit forward Katie Stengel played ninety minutes for the Western Sydney Wanderers this weekend as her side handed Melbourne City FC their second-ever loss in franchise history. Canberra United now sits in first place after a 5-1 win over Brisbane Roar that included a goal from Houston’s Stephanie Ochs. Perth Glory beat Adelaide United 4-1 thanks to a brace from Sam Kerr. Former Spirit defender Megan Oyster played the full match for the Newcastle Jets in their 1-1 tie with Melbourne Victory. Boston Breakers forward Natasha Dowie opened the scoring for Melbourne in the 18th minute when she scored her fourth goal of the season. Chicago Red Stars forward Jen Hoy equalized in the 84th minute, her fourth goal in as many games.
Red Stars acquire Summer Green
Chicago Red Stars acquired the rights to forward Summer Green from Seattle Reign FC. The Reign received the Red Stars’ 37th overall pick in January’s draft and an international roster spot. Green was the 30th overall pick in the 2016 draft. At University of North Carolina she scored 18 goals and tallied 20 assists for the Tar Heels.