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U.S. Abroad: Carli Lloyd looks for new challenges
by Paul Kennedy, February 16th, 2017 1:40AM
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Carli Lloyd, the 2015 and 2016 FIFA Women's Player of the Year, became the latest U.S. national team player to head to Europe when she signed a contract with Manchester City through the FA Women’s Super League Spring Series and UEFA Women's Champions League in June.

The move represents the latest excursion of an American star outside her comfort zone into Europe, where the number of clubs with the ambitions to rival NWSL clubs is growing but still finite.

She joins Alex Morgan at French powerhouse Lyon, Crystal Dunn at Chelsea and Heather O'Reilly at Arsenal.

Like Morgan, who plays in the NWSL for the Orlando Pride, Lloyd will return to the the NWSL, where she plays for Houston Dynamo, when the U.S. summer transfer window for women reopens.

“I’m always looking for different challenges," Lloyd told CityTV. "I always want to continue to get better and look for ways where I am going to be able to push my game. Coming here and being part of City is going to do that. 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 won the FA Women’s Super League in 2016, two years after it entered the top flight of English women's soccer.

“This isn’t a World Cup or Olympic year so this is the year to test the waters," Lloyd added. "I want to make a huge wave. I know the Champions League is big and I hope to be playing in a Champions League final. That’s first and foremost; then of course, winning the Spring Series as well and the FA Cup. If I can accomplish that and help this team push on, it will be another thing crossed off my bucket list."

The 10-team Women's Super League is switching to a fall-spring season so it must play a shortened spring season that begins in April and ends  June 3. Manchester City is also competing domestically in the FA Cup, where it is also the defending champion.

It is competing in the UEFA Champions League for the first time. It beat Zvezda Perm and Brondby to set up a quarterfinal series with Denmark's Fortuna Hjorring in late March.



4 comments
  1. Quarterback TD
    commented on: February 16, 2017 at 8 a.m.
    LEGEND-- when she retires she will be the best ever-- looking ahead for a possible Lloyd vs Morgan showdown--
  1. aaron dutch
    commented on: February 16, 2017 at 9:01 a.m.
    great move for her, if we can get the next 20 best players over to Europe that could put pressure on USSF to make some real changes to Woman's Pro levels to make them a real place for players to develop and grow. If not then Europe will be the real place to play & go to grad school (most players can go to grad school for free in Europe if they play for a pro club)
  1. Quarterback TD
    commented on: February 16, 2017 at 4:02 p.m.
    Well said-- could not agree more
  1. Mark Zylker
    commented on: February 16, 2017 at 9:09 a.m.
    Carli will be considered one of the best players ever and she deserves that. She has had a problem with loyalty with the Houston Dash though. She has only played a handful of games since coming here not counting when she was injured. Always some excuse and here is another one not to play for the Dash.

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