Wednesday, it was announced that Carli Lloyd would be joining Manchester City on a short term deal. The Dash said in a team release that Lloyd has informed them that she planned to rejoin the team following the conclusion of City’s FA Women’s Super League Spring Series and UEFA Champion’s League tournament in June.
“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,” said Randy Waldrum via team release. “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”
The 2017 NWSL schedule has not been released yet but the season is expected to begin some time mid-April. Which means that Lloyd will likely miss at least a month and a half of the NWSL season.
Lloyd scored five goals and three assists over seven games with the Dash in 2016. She missed a good chunk of 2016 due to an early season injury and her duties with the USWNT.