Soccer

US forward Alex Morgan joins Lyon on 6-month deal

  • FILE - In this Sunday, June 5, 2016 file photo, United States forward Alex Morgan stands during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against Japan in Cleveland, Ohio. United States forward Alex Morgan has joined Lyon from Orlando Pride on a six-month deal with an option for a further season. The highly successful French club announced the loan move in a statement on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/David Dermer, file)

    FILE - In this Sunday, June 5, 2016 file photo, United States forward Alex Morgan stands during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against Japan in Cleveland, Ohio. United States forward Alex Morgan has joined Lyon from Orlando Pride on a six-month deal with an option for a further season. The highly successful French club announced the loan move in a statement on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/David Dermer, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sunday, June 5, 2016 file photo, United States forward Alex Morgan stands during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against Japan in Cleveland, Ohio. United States forward Alex Morgan has joined Lyon from Orlando Pride on a six-month deal with an option for a further season. The highly successful French club announced the loan move in a statement on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/David Dermer, file)

    FILE - In this Sunday, June 5, 2016 file photo, United States forward Alex Morgan stands during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against Japan in Cleveland, Ohio. United States forward Alex Morgan has joined Lyon from Orlando Pride on a six-month deal with an option for a further season. The highly successful French club announced the loan move in a statement on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/David Dermer, file)  (The Associated Press)

United States forward Alex Morgan has joined European champion Lyon from Orlando Pride on a six-month deal, with an option for her to play a further season.

The French club announced the loan move in a statement Tuesday.

Morgan has made 120 appearances for the U.S. women's team and scored 73 goals, winning the Olympic gold medal in 2012 and the World Cup last year in Canada.

At the 2012 Games in London, she scored a dramatic winner against Canada in the semifinals. A year earlier, she scored in the 2011 World Cup final, which the U.S. lost to Japan on penalty kicks.

A star in the National Women's Soccer League, Morgan previously played for Western New York Flash and Portland Thorns. She was named U.S. female soccer athlete of the year in 2012.