February 15, 2017
Soccer News Net staff
SHE'S A CITIZEN
USWNT co-captain Carli Lloyd joining Manchester City
|Two time FIFA World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd is joining Manchester City Women.
Photo courtesy Manchester City
The exodus of U.S. Women's National Team stars continues. On Wednesday, Carli Lloyd officially became the latest player to leave the National Women's Soccer League and sign with a European club, joining Manchester City Women for the remainder of their 2017 season.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining Manchester City, a Club which is leading the development of women’s football both on and off the pitch,” said Lloyd in a statement released by Manchester City.
Already, Heather O'Reilly, Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan have left the NWSL to go overseas.
“Having played in the US throughout my career, the chance to fulfill a long held ambition to test myself in a new footballing environment, as well as playing in the Champions League, is something I am relishing,” she said.
Lloyd will begin training with the squad in early March following the She Believes Cup in New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
Lloyd who spent the last two seasons with Houston Dash will join her new teammates ahead of their UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter final game against Danish side Fortuna Hjorring.
“Carli and I spoke this weekend and she informed me of an opportunity to play for Manchester City as they chase a Champions League trophy,” Dash coach Randy Waldrum said. “It will involve her missing the first part of the NWSL season with her returning to the Dash in early June. I’m disappointed that she will not be with the team as we start the season, but I wished her all the best with her decision. Our team is not built around any one player, so nothing will change with regards to our goals and expectations for our team.
Lloyd totaled five goals and three assists in seven games with the Dash last season.
FIFA named Lloyd The Best Women’s Player, making her the second American to earn the honor in back-to-back years. Lloyd was acquired by Houston in a trade with the Western New York Flash in 2014.