The happy exiles: why US women’s soccer stars choose to play abroad

Players such as Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan have chosen to pursue spells in Europe. But it’s not just money that proves an attraction

Women’s soccer players might be lured to Europe by money or the occasional tweet by Lyon’s Jean-Michel Aulas, who has signed athletes such as USA striker Alex Morgan (on loan) and young Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan.

But most of the players who head to Europe or Australia for all or part of the year are doing so for a much simpler reason. They want to get better.

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