Canadian international defender Vanessa Gilles has joined French powerhouse Lyon on loan from Angel City FC of the NWSL.
The loan comes with Lyon’s option to purchase the 26-year-old from Ottawa.
Arriving at Lyon, Gilles joined the club that was home to her teammate Kadisha Buchanan at center with Canada. Buchanan moved to England’s Chelsea in July after 5 1/2 years at Lyon.
Gilles has won 22 caps for Canada, including 19 starts, and was part of the gold medal team in Tokyo.
The move marks a return to France for Gilles, who joined Angel City last December in a transfer from FC Girondins de Bordeaux, where she had played since July 2018.
Giles played college soccer at the University of Cincinnati, before joining League 1 Ontario team West Ottawa SC before signing with Cyprus First Division Apollon Ladies FC in early 2018.