Lindsey Horan headed to Lyon, following in footsteps of Solo, Rapinoe and Morgan

U.S. star Lindsey Horan has left the Portland Timbers to join French giant Lyon on loan until June 2023. She also signed a contract extension with the Thorns through the 2025 season.

“When Lindsey signed her long-term contract with the Thorns in 2020,"  said Thorns general manager Karina LeBlanc, "she came to us to discuss pursuing an opportunity to play in Europe, and we have honored that request. We are thrilled she has signed an extension with the Thorns to offset this loan spell and we can’t wait to welcome her back to Portland after her time abroad.”

Horan turned pro out of high school, signing with Paris St. Germain, where she played four seasons. She won the NWSL championship with Portland in 2017 and NWSL Shield in 2016 and 2021 and NWSL Challenge Cup in 2021.
Lyon is in first place in France's D1 Arkema with a 12-0-0 record and has qualified for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Women's Champions League, where it will face Juventus in March. Its string of 14 straight French league titles and five straight Champions League titles ended in 2021.

Horan joins U.S. teammate Catarina Macario at Lyon, which has a long history of signing Americans, beginning with Hope Solo, Danielle Slaton, Lorrie Fair, Aly Wagner and Christie Welsh in 2005. OL has also recruited stars Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan for short stints.
2 comments about "Lindsey Horan headed to Lyon, following in footsteps of Solo, Rapinoe and Morgan".
  1. Michael Saunders, January 28, 2022 at 7:33 a.m.

    Should be noted that the move was sought by OL as well.  
    OL have a bevy of world class mids in Van de Donk (NETH) , Damaris Egurrola (ESP) , Macario (USA) , Marozsán (GER) & Henry (FRA). Yet an early December OL medical announcement  on injuries indicate that the Dutch mid suffered a traumatic rupture of the right anterior tibia muscle of her right leg requiring surgery; the Spanish mid underwent surgery following a ligament rupture on her left ankle.... meaning the two will be be out at least until April if not longer.
    Macario suffered a 2nd degree abductor lesion, which should be healed at this juncture; but, it is an injury which must be nursed carefully to avoid recurrence ... as such, Marozsán's return could not be more timely &  Henry has settled in as a defensive mid.
    That said, with the CL Championship on the horizon, OL's owner, Aulas, needd to secure the midfield to ensure thy had a reasonable chance to regain the European CL title.
    Win-win-win situation for all concerned.

  2. R2 Dad replied, January 28, 2022 at 2:36 p.m.

    Any idea why all the injuries? Poor fields in France, combined with cold weather? Officiating?

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