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OL Reign sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Alana Cook on permanent deal

Lizzy Becherano
Alana Cook on loan with OL Reign vs Utah Royals FC
Alana Cook on loan with OL Reign vs Utah Royals FC / Rob Gray/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Alana Cook returns to OL Reign after the NWSL side reached a permanent deal with Paris Saint-Germain to sign the defender on an undisclosed three-year contract with a club option for the 2024 season.

Cook previously featured for the NWSL team while on loan from PSG during the 2020 Challenge Cup. The defender made three appearances for OL Reign, playing the entirety of each match. 

In 2019, the defender decided to forgo the NWSL College Draft, instead choosing to pursue opportunities in Europe before signing a three-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain. Cook made 30 overall appearances for the Division 1 Feminine side, totaling 1,630 minutes. 

With her help, PSG finished in second place during her first two seasons. This year, PSG finally dethroned Lyon of the coveted top spot on the table and earned their first league title in the club’s history. 

In the UEFA Women’s Champions League, Cook made nine appearances over the course of three seasons. She scored the equalizing goal against Barcelona in the semi-final match that cemented her impact on the team. 

“I’m extremely excited to be coming back to the Reign," Cook said. "My first time playing for the Reign over the summer for the Challenge Cup, I really enjoyed myself. The group was amazing, staff and players alike, so I’m just very excited to be getting back in with the group and hopefully get going pretty quickly and get aligned with the goals of the club and the goals of the team.”

Management is equally as excited, with head coach Farid Benstiti thrilled to be welcoming Cook back..

“We are very excited to have Alana joining our team again after her time at PSG,” Benstiti said. “She will be a great addition to the team and will help us towards the goal of winning our first NWSL Championship. She is a player that will increase our quality of play on the field and add depth to our roster.”

Internationally, Cook was called up to the USWNT for the upcoming window in June, joining teammates Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle. She has served as captain for both the Under-17 and Under-23 teams. She will be joining OL Reign following her stint with the USWNT during the June window.