Manchester City Women have pulled off a massive coup with the signing of United States International and two-time World Footballer of the Year in Carli Lloyd, with the American midfielder joining on-loan from National Women’s Soccer League side Houston Dash, with the American league currently on their off season.
Carly Lloyd is one of if not the most decorated female players in World football today and has the distinction of being the only Woman and second player in any World Cup Finals to score a hat-trick, with only England’s Geoff Hurst being the other.
She started her footballing apprenticeship for Rutgers Scarlet Knights in College, and saw her scoring 50 goals in 83 appearances for the Scarlet Knights. Soon after she moved on to play in the Women’s Professional Soccer league (WPS) and played 32 games between 2004 and 2011 in their smaller seasons.
Between that time period she played for clubs such as New Jersey Wildcats, Atlanta Beat, Chicago Red Stars of which she spent the most of her time at during the old WPS league, making 16 appearances back in 2009.
This however won’t be the first time she has played at a club with Sky Blue links either, as before she moved to Atlanta for the 2011 season she played five games for Sky Blue FC in her home state of New Jersey. Strangely enough another link between the clubs is former City Women’s alumni Daphne Corboz, as the American midfielder who spent the last season and half at the club, saw Corboz deciding to head home in the off season.
In her first interview since joining the club, she told ManCity.com of her feelings on the move by saying; “I’m thrilled to be here and just starting up to meet my new teammates, and i’m just really thrilled honesty. This is a unique opportunity and i couldn’t be prouder to be a club like Manchester and just looking forward to kicking off.”
When asked about reasons for joining City Women the American star explained; “When the opportunity presented itself from Manchester City’s side, they reached out and one thing led to another and i think it’s a unique opportunity for me to be able to go abroad play over here and be faced with a different challenge and what’s fascinating is the facilities and just an unbelievable football club to be part off, and just can’t wait to get started”.
Lloyd’s first match is likely to come in the Champions League quarter-final in Denmark and was asked if that had any bearing on her signing for the club. Lloyd said; “Well i think coming here, the city and seeing the facilities and just the organisation and dealing with Nick (Cushing), there’s a great philosophy in place.
Gavin and Omar have been a huge help in getting me over here and painting the big picture and when you add in the Champions League, and all these other unbelievable events , you know it’s kinda hard to not want to come”.
City boss Nick Cushing will be hope that the signing of the US International will boost their chances of progressing into the semi-finals of the Women’s Champions League tournament, when they face Danish side Fortuna Hjorring towards the back end of March and will also hope to play their new star signing during the upcoming WSL Spring Series that starts in Late April.