“We actually had a laugh
about it,” Morgan told SI.com's Grant Wahl. “I brought it
up and was just joking about it. Obviously, he wasn’t serious about recruiting me through social media, but at the end of the day it drew a lot of attention from my fans. I have to hand it to
him. Lyon wants to put their club on the map globally, and they’re invested on the women’s and men’s sides to do that. He’s passionate about women’s football.”
Lyon's 1-0 loss to Paris St. Germain on Sunday was its first league defeat in 62 games, dating back to January 2014. It had won its first nine games of the 2016-17 season by a margin of 52-3. It has won the last 10 French league titles.
Lyon won its third UEFA Women's Champions League title with a shootout win over Wolfsburg in the 2016 final. It won its first four games in the 2016-17 Champions League by a margin of 27-2 and will face Wolfsburg in the quarterfinals.
Lyon features a core of the French national team -- captain Wendie Renard, Camille Abily and Eugenie Le Sommer are among 15 OL players called up in 2016 -- plus seven foreign players in addition to Morgan. Norwegian Ada Hegerberg was named the 2016 UEFA Women's Player of the Year, while Dzsenifer Marozsan was recently named German national team captain.
Other Americans have played at Lyon. Hope Solo played seven games in 2005, and Megan Rapinoe played 28 games in 2013-14 but left midway through her second season to join the NWSL's Seattle Reign.