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Portland Thorns midfielder Amandine Henry contemplates returning to Lyon

French international soccer phenom Amandine Henry might make a return to her former club Lyon after the end of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season, according to L’Équipe’s report on Tuesday.

Henry made her NWSL debut in 2016 and has since been playing as a midfielder for the Portland Thorns. During the NWSL offseason, the 27-year-old did a stint with Paris-Saint-Germain, where she made four appearances and scored one goal before returning stateside.

But this year, reports say that the midfielder from Lille, France, is considering one of her former clubs Lyon for the 2017-18 offseason. From 2007-2016, Henry became one of Lyon’s star players with 28 goals in 122 appearances.

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“For the moment, I’m still a part of Portland,” Henry said during a Tuesday press conference. “It’s a great club that teaches me a lot and has been very kind with me. I truly carry them in my heart. I really would like to win the playoffs with Portland so we will see. [But] I’m not going to lie, I have been in contact with Lyon, but for right now, nothing has been signed.”

Regardless of her decision, Henry and the Portland Thorns will be on the road to Orlando as they play the Pride on Saturday, Sept. 23,  at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Thorns are currently sitting in second place with a 13-4-5 record.

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  • RW

    Hope to see her stay in Portland one more year, maybe just do a loan to Lyon. I know being at home and better pay are important, so I won’t be surprised if she leaves. But she was a bright spot in a pitiful Euro showing… NWSL experience might be a better place to build up for 2019 than playing against Guingamp.