Manchester City sign U.S. women's star Lloyd

Taylor Byrd
February 16, 2017

The 34-year-old, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2015 World Cup victor, will represent Women's Super League champions City in the forthcoming Spring Series, FA Women's Cup and the UEFA Women's 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for her may be how she fits into the USA team because she has a pretty specific role as roaming player, somewhat of a withdrawn striker.

In December, it was announced that Alex Morgan had agreed a short-term deal to join Lyon until the end of the 2016/17 European season, while Heather O'Reilly and Crystal Dunn joined Arsenal and Chelsea respectively in January.

"I've three of four years left in me before I hang up the cleats and just want to cross some more (items) off the bucket list", the 34-year-old Lloyd said.

Lloyd's stunning decision bookends the recent departures of United States women's national team stars Alex Morgan to Olympique Lyonnais of France and Crystal Dunn to Chelsea.

The 34-year-old midfielder has enjoyed time at numerous different United States clubs, including most recently Houston Dash, and was a Fifa Puskas Award nominee in 2015 for her stunning 50-yard effort in the World Cup final. It will involve her missing the first part of the NWSL season with her returning to the Dash in early June.

Man City's talks with Lloyd were first reported by Henry Winter of The Times.

"Carli has had an incredible career and is recognized as one of the best in the world", coach Nick Cushing said.

How do you improve upon a team that won the league without losing a single game? "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 well as playing in the Champions League, is something I am relishing".

'We are all looking forward to working with her over the coming months'.

City were crowned champions of the Super League last season after going the entire season unbeaten. "Our team is not built around any one player, so nothing will change with regards to our goals and expectations for our team". The captain of the USWNT will reportedly join the English club after participating in the SheBelieves Cup from March 1-7.

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