HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Houston Dash and Women’s National Team midfielder Carli Lloyd will join English squad Manchester City F.C. for the first half of 2017 and will return to Houston following the conclusion of City’s FA Women’s Super League Spring Series and UEFA Champion’s League tournament in June, she informed the NWSL club on Wednesday. The NWSL has not yet released it’s schedule, but typically begins in April.
“Carli and I spoke this weekend and she informed me of an opportunity to play for Manchester City as they chase a Champions League trophy. It will involve her missing the first part of the NWSL season with her returning to the Dash in early June. I’m disappointed that she will not be with the team as we start the season, but I wished her all the best with her decision,” head coach Randy Waldrum said. “Our team is not built around any one player, so nothing will change with regards to our goals and expectations for our team.
“We have a great roster with many international and domestic stars such as Kealia Ohai, Morgan Brian, Andressa, Rachel Daly, Janine Beckie and Denise O’Sullivan, just to name a few, who are committed to preparing for the start of the Dash season and who are more than ready to get back on the pitch and begin our quest to win an NWSL title. I am excited about this team and look forward to working with the talented group that I’ll go into camp with.”
Lloyd scored five goals and tallied three assists over seven games with the Dash last season. FIFA named her The Best Women’s Player on January 9, making her the second American and fifth woman ever to earn the honor in back-to-back years.