USA women's national team co-captain Carli Lloyd is set to join Manchester City, and her signing could be announced as soon as Wednesday, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
Lloyd will begin training with her new team in early March following the SheBelieves Cup in the United States and will make her debut in Manchester City's UEFA Women's Champions League quarterfinal match against Danish side Fortuna Hjorring.
'Having played in the U.S. throughout my career, the chance to fulfil 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. Now that she will be joining Heather O'Reilly (Arsenal) and Crystal Dunn (Chelsea) across the pond, they were quick to welcome her to her new stomping grounds.
The US Women's national team captain joins City on a short-term deal from American side Houston Dash after reportedly turning down a number of offers for her services. In addition to this superb season, Manchester City remained undefeated in the league and continues to break domestic attendance records.
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If that hold true, Lloyd will miss preseason with the Dash and their first three months of play.
"It's definitely an unbelievable opportunity to be able to compete in the Spring Series, the FA Cup and most importantly, the Champions League". The bigger problem for her may be how she fits into the USA team because she has a pretty specific role as roaming player, somewhat of a withdrawn striker. "Carli has had an incredible career and is recognized as one of the best in the world".
"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", Waldrum said.
The Football Association Women's Super League Spring Series, which Manchester City plays in, runs from April to the beginning of June. "Our team is not built around any one player, so nothing will change with regards to our goals and expectations for our team".