Will Carli Lloyd be the next U.S. women’s soccer star to take her talents to Europe?
While nothing has been made official, if Lloyd agrees to contract with Man City, she would be the fourth top player from the U.S. to make a move overseas. In recent weeks Rockville Centre’s Crystal Dunn joined Chelsea Ladies, Alex Morgan moved to Olympique Lyon in France and Heather O’Reilly signed with Arsenal.
Should Lloyd make the move to Manchester, she would miss a portion of the NWSL season and could return during the summer. The FA Women’s Super League will finish on June 3.
While the agreement between Lloyd and Manchester City could soon be finalized, this could also be the latest move in a growing trend among United States’ elite women soccer players who are currently in a contract dispute with U.S. Soccer.
While the women’s team has not moved forward with a work stoppage and will play in the SheBelieves Cup to be held in early March, the NWSL — which U.S. Soccer plays a role — will need its top stars to continue selling tickets and drive ratings for the league’s recently signed television contract with A+E Network.