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US striker Lloyd arrives for Spring Series and Champions League

FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Carli Lloyd completed a short-term move to Manchester City, the club announced yesterday.

The 34-year-old United States midfielder has joined City from the Houston Dash for the 2017 Spring Series, FA Women’s Cup and Uefa Women’s Champions League campaigns.

Speaking about her move to the English double winners, US women’s national team captain Lloyd said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining Manchester City, a club which is leading the development of women’s football both on and off the pitch.

“Having played in the US 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.

“With the challenge of the Spring Series and the FA Women’s Cup ahead of us too, I really can’t wait to pull on my City shirt in front of our fans and make them proud.”

Lloyd will start training with her new teammates early next month ahead of City’s Champions League quarter-final clash with Danish side Fortuna Hjorring after playing in the She Believes Cup on the other side of the Atlantic.

Head coach Nick Cushing, who guided City to the Women’s Super League title and FA WSL Cup glory last season without losing a game, said: “We are a successful team but a young team too, having only entered the Women’s Super League three years ago, so adding players to our squad with substantial experience is crucial to our development.

“Carli has had an incredible career and is recognised as one of the best in the world. There is much we can learn from her that will help us to improve as a team. We are all looking forward to working with her over the coming months.”

Lloyd has won a staggering 232 international caps since making her debut in 2005, scoring a hat-trick — one of them from 55 yards — inside the opening 20 minutes of the 2015 World Cup final as the US crushed Japan 5-2, and has twice claimed winning goals in the Olympic final.

The 34-year-old is expected to rejoin the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Football League in June, although City’s statement did not mention the Texas team.

“I’ve still got three or four years left in me before I hang up the boots and I want to cross some more items off the bucket list,” Lloyd added.

“The biggest thing for me as a player is: How can I continue to get better?

“I don’t think I have all the answers or think that I don’t need to improve on anything.

“I’m looking to be in a different environment with different players and a new coach.”

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