Striker Ono, Rapinoe join Lyon

AFP-JIJI

French club Lyon on Thursday signed Japan’s World Cup striker Shinobu Ono and American midfielder Megan Rapinoe, two of the hottest properties in international women’s soccer.

Ono, who played in Japan’s 2011 women’s World Cup winning side, penned a 1½-year deal with an option for another season.

A veteran of 101 internationals, with 38 goals, the 29-year-old Ono joins Lyon from INAC Kobe, the reigning Japanese champions.

Rapinoe, 27, who was nominated for the 2012 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award, has joined until the end of the season.