Twitter was abuzz Friday morning with rumors that a deal was in place for Carli Lloyd to leave the Houston Dash to join Manchester City Women. Henry Winter tweeted out that there is a “strong possibility” that Lloyd will be joining the English team.
Strong possibility that Carli Lloyd, world champion & Fifa Women's Player of Year, will join @ManCityWomen. Great coup for City if she signs— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) February 10, 2017
Done some digging. As I understand it, @CarliLloyd to @ManCityWomen is happening. Deal already done. Huge statement from #MCWFC— Andrew Gibney (@Gibney_A) February 10, 2017
Later in the day, the Manchester Evening News reported that a club spokesman said it is just “speculation” that they have a deal in place for Lloyd. While Hal Kaiser tweeted out that the Houston Dash have not been given “any confirmation” that Lloyd is leaving. However,
However, at this point the Dash have not received any confirmatin that Lloyd is leaving.. (2/2)— Hal Kaiser (@Hal_Kaiser) February 10, 2017
If Lloyd were to depart she would join the growing list of players leaving the NWSL for Europe. There have been a number of players leaving the NWSL to head overseas to play including Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn. Dunn has joined Chelsea in the FAWSL on an 18-month contract while Morgan is playing for Olympique Lyonnais on a half season contract with an option to extend her time there.