- Morgan has 73 goals for US national team
- Twenty-seven-year-old played one season in Orlando before deal
- Soccer star has many endorsement deals, including Coca-Cola
The World Cup champion and Olympic gold medal winner has left the Orlando Pride to sign a half-season contract with reigning European champion Olympique Lyon.
Her new deal will keep her at the French club until the end of the current season, which could extend to June 1 if Lyon qualifies for the Champions League final as it attempts to retain the title.
"Lyon is a team that's world-renowned for excellence, with a roster that includes many of the greatest players in the world," Morgan wrote for The Players' Tribune
"In fact, Lyon won all three possible titles last season: Champions League, French League and the Coupe de France.
"They are committed to growing women's soccer and provide the women with first-class facilities and an unparalleled training environment on par with the men's team."
Morgan admitted the decision wasn't an easy one. The 27-year-old will be leaving her husband, footballer Servando Carrasco, and dog Blue, along with her former Pride teammates behind in Orlando.
"I considered signing a longer deal," Morgan told Sport Illustrated's Grant Wahl
. "I don't know if I necessarily feel comfortable signing something that's 18 months.
"I want to see where I am after the six months: As a player, as a person, whether I'm happy."
Morgan will return to Orlando Pride in early June, but will miss the start of the season and the opening of its new state-of-the-art Orlando City Stadium.
The US forward heads to France after months of speculation, during which Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas consistently tweeted to Morgan in an apparent attempt to convince her to sign.