Reports broke on late Tuesday afternoon that Carli Lloyd was expected to sign with the Manchester City Women of England’s FAWSL. Corey Roepken first broke the news that Lloyd was heading to the UK.
Today that report was confirmed when the Manchester City Women announced the signing via Twitter.
— Man City Women (@ManCityWomen) February 15, 2017
Man City Women welcomes the two-time FIFA Player of the Year (2015, 2016) as they enter the FAWSL Spring Series and gear up for the UEFA Women’s Champions League competition, which concludes in June. Lloyd is expected to return to the NWSL and Houston Dash after that.
Though Dash fans may be disappointed, the Dash wished her well on this journey:
See you soon, Carli.
— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) February 15, 2017
And Dash coach Randy Waldrum doesn’t seem concerned that her absence will impact the team negatively, assuring the fans that the team has many talented players returning for the 2017 season, and that “nothing will change with regards to our goals and expectations for our team.”
Lloyd herself is excited about the opportunity, telling CityTV:
“It’s definitely an unbelievable opportunity to be able to compete in the Spring Series, the FA Cup and most importantly, the Champions League.”
Manchester City Women’s full announcement and additional details can be found at their website.