Jess Fishlock has joined Olympique Lyon on loan from Seattle Reign FC until the end of the French team’s 2018-19 UEFA Champions League campaign. The loan is effective immediately, Seattle announced.
Lyon are the three-time defending champions of Europe and have won 12 straight Division 1 Feminine titles. Fishlock is one of the few remaining players in the National Women’s Soccer League to have stayed with the same team since the league’s inception in 2013.
“Growing up in Europe it was always a dream to someday play in the Champions League – it is a magical competition,” Fishlock said in a statement. “When I went on loan to Frankfurt in 2015, I got to enjoy the competition, but I had to return to the NWSL prior to the final. I feel very lucky to have the chance to return to the competition with Lyon and to hopefully have the chance to play in the final. Seattle have been fantastic and have always supported me. I am extremely thankful to be part of such a tremendous organization. I cannot wait to get back to Seattle to work towards the title next season with the Reign.”
This year’s UEFA Champions League final is on May 18 in Budapest.
Fishlock, 31, scored twice and added one assist for the Reign this season, helping the team return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.