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.