Lloyd expected to sign with Manchester City women

FIFA player of the year Carli Lloyd set to join Manchester City Women

Manchester City Women's FC officially announced the signing of Carli Lloyd for the 2017 Spring Series, FA Women's Cup and UEFA Women's Champions League campaign on Wednesday.

Lloyd, 36, has played sparingly in her two seasons with the Dash due to a knee injury and national team commitments: the 2015 Women's World Cup, which vaulted the co-captain into player-of-the-year contention with her three-goal performance against Japan in the final, and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Lloyd's short-term deal at the Academy Stadium should mean she returns to Houston for the end of their season.

The Football Association Women's Super League Spring Series, which Manchester City plays in, runs from April to the beginning of June. Now, she headed overseas to see how she stacks up against some of Europe's best.

Manchester City is the defending champion of the FA Women's Super League.

Lloyd, who has represented United States of America 232 times, has scored 96 global goals throughout her career, three of which famously came in USA's 5-2 win against Japan in the 2015 World Cup final.

O'Reilly, who retired from the national team in the fall, couldn't help but comment on the weather, but also gave praise to their new country. Manchester City is among the teams in the Champions League.

"Carli has had an incredible career and is recognised as one of the best in the world. I'm looking forward to kicking off", she said.

She has won 232 caps for the USA since making her senior global debut in 2005, scoring 96 goals in that time.

Manchester City won the Women's Super League as well as the Continental Cup past year, while Lloyd captained the reigning World Cup winning United States team - pretty intimidating stuff.

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The Nigeria worldwide - one of the stars of the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada - spent two years in England, joining Arsenal from Liverpool at the beginning of 2016.