German midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan
and French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi
will leave French club Lyon and join sister club OL Reign on loan for the rest of the 2021 NWSL season.
The moves are not unexpected.
Since OL Groupe bought the NWSL club in late 2019, its president, Jean-Michel Aulas
, stated his goal was to move some of its Lyon stars to OL Reign. In 2020, Marozsan and Bouhaddi were reported to be headed to the NWSL's Utah Royals, but the deals never materialized in the aftermath of the COVID-19, which shut down league play in the NWSL.
Marozsan and Bouhaddi are easily the biggest international signings in 2021.
Marozsan, 29, won French league and UEFA Women's Champions League trophies in her first four seasons with Lyon. She won the 2013 European Championship and 2016 Olympic gold medal with Germany, which did not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
Bouhaddi, 34, has played for Lyon since 2019 and won the French league title every season. In July 2020, she announced that she was taking a pause from the French national team for which she earned 149 caps.
Marozsan will be the first German to play in the NWSL in five years. Bouhaddi will be the third Frenchwoman to play in the NWSL after Amandine Henry
and Ghoutia Karchouni