Angel City FC has signed Amandine Henry to a three-year deal, the club announced Thursday. The announcement comes after the French national unsuccessfully tried to get Lyon to end her contract early.
Henry has spent nearly all of her professional career with Lyon, as she played for the club from 2007 through 2016 and then returned in 2017. She missed the end of the most recent season after sustaining a left knee sprain and mild ligament injury in early March. While she asked the French club to release her before the end of her contract in June, the club declined to do so.
The 33-year-old defensive midfielder leaves having helped Lyon win seven Champions League titles and 14 French championships.
She previously played in the NWSL as a member of the Portland Thorns for two seasons, winning the NWSL Shield in 2016 and the NWSL championship in 2017.
“I enjoyed my previous seasons in the NWSL because of the level of play, the dedication of the fans and great teammates, so I am excited to now be a part of Angel City,” Henry said in a statement. “I can’t wait to be a part of a new team, help write history, and win with the club.”
Henry, who recorded her first international cap in 2009, competed at both the 2015 and 2019 World Cups as well as at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
She captained France’s roster at the 2019 World Cup but was dropped from the squad in a controversial decision by then-head coach Corinne Diacre ahead of last year’s European Championship. While Diacre said the decision was made based on Henry’s play, Henry argued it was retaliation for raising issues about Diacre’s leadership.
Diacre was fired from her post in March and Henry is expected to be in consideration for a roster spot at this summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
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