Fresh off of a league title with Paris Saint-Germain on Friday, USWNT defender Alana Cook is on her way back to the United States.
OL Reign announced today the permanent transfer of the defender from PSG, having signed Cook through 2023 with a club option for 2024. She had previously played with the Reign during the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup on a short-term loan from the French club. During her stint, she made three appearances for 270 minutes.
“I’m extremely excited to be coming back to the Reign,” said Cook in a team release. “My first time playing for the Reign over the summer for the Challenge Cup, I really enjoyed myself. The group was amazing, staff and players alike, so I’m just very excited to be getting back in with the group and hopefully get going pretty quickly and get aligned with the goals of the club and the goals of the team.”
With PSG, Cook made 21 league appearances for 1,630 minutes as well as nine UEFA Champions League appearances, including scoring a goal against eventual tournament champions FC Barcelona.
Before making her way to Washington, Cook will travel to Houston where she will compete with the USWNT in their Summer Series friendlies against Portugal, Jamaica and Nigeria. There she’ll get a chance to play alongside new club teammates Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle while trying to make the final 18-player Olympic roster.