Help has arrived. Rather, help will arrive, soon. Angel City FC announced today a new addition to the club, signing French midfielder, Amandine Henry. The club has signed her to a three-year contract with an option for an additional year. Henry will make her return to the NWSL once she becomes available in the upcoming transfer window.
— Angel City FC (@weareangelcity) June 1, 2023
“I enjoyed my previous seasons [2016 and 2017] 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,” said Henry in a statement. “I can’t wait to be a part of a new team, help write history, and win with the club.”
“Amandine is a player who has competed at the highest and most competitive levels,” stated ACFC General Manager Angela Hucles Mangano in a statement. “She has led for both her club and country. Her quality of football performance and commitment to the success of our team will make her an invaluable part of our roster.”
Prior to her most recent stint with Lyon, Henry signed with the Portland Thorns in 2016, making her first Thorns FC and NWSL appearance when she entered in the 52nd minute against the Western New York Flash on June 17, 2016. She scored her first NWSL goal against the Boston Breakers on May 27, 2017, and contributed to Portland’s 2017 NWSL Championship title. While in the NWSL, she appeared in 33 total matches for the Portland Thorns, scoring six goals in two seasons.
Henry has spent the past six seasons, scoring 19 goals in 89 match appearances with a total of 6,890 minutes on the pitch for Division 1 Féminine club Olympique Lyonnais. Henry has been a member of the France Women’s National Team since 2009 compiling 13 goals in 93 total caps. Since then she appeared in the 2014 Cyprus Cup, helped lead the roster to a 2017 SheBelieves Cup title, and also made two FIFA World Cup appearances in 2015 and 2019. In the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she won the Silver Ball and was named to the tournament’s all-star team. She was also named among the best players in Europe in 2015, becoming a finalist in the annual UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award.
In other words, midfield help has arrived. It may be a bit of a wait before we see her on the pitch, but it will almost certainly be worth it. Oh, and the secondary transfer window opens June 28th, for those ready to mark calendars.
What do you think of the new signing? Leave a comment below!