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Manchester City have hit headlines across the country with the signing of double FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd.
The USA international, who scored a hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup Final against Japan and the winning goal against the same opponents in the 2012 Olympic Games Gold Medal match at Wembley Stadium, will be available for City's FA WSL Spring Series, SSE Women's FA Cup and UEFA Women's Champions League campaigns.
Lloyd told the club's website: "I'm incredibly excited to be joining Manchester City, a club which is leading the development of women's football both on and off the pitch.
"Having played in the US throughout my career, the chance to fulfil a long held ambition to test myself in a new footballing environment, as well as playing in the Champions League, is something I am relishing.
"With the challenge of the Spring Series and the Women's FA Cup ahead of us too, I really can't wait to pull on my City shirt in front of our fans and make them proud."
Manchester City are the reigning FA WSL 1 Champions and Continental Tyres Cup holders. They face last season's runners-up Chelsea in their opening Spring Series match on Sunday 23rd April.
City boss Nick Cushing added: "We are a successful team but a young team too, having only entered the Women's Super League three years ago, so adding players to our squad with substantial experience is crucial to our development.
"Carli has had an incredible career and is recognised as one of the best in the world.
"There is much we can learn from her that will help us to improve as a team. We are all looking forward to working with her over the coming months."
Lloyd was named as World Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016. Her last appearance in England prior to the signing was back in February 2015, when she helped the United States to a 1-0 victory over England at the MK Stadium (pictured).
She becomes the third member of the USA's World Cup winning squad to join an English club during the winter, following the arrivals of Heather O'Reilly and Crystal Dunn at Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.
34-year-old Carli Lloyd began her senior career in the W-League with Central Jersey Splash in 1999 and also played for New Brunswick Power and South Jersey Banshees before being a member of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights team at university. She joined Chicago Red Stars when the WPS was formed and after spells with Sky Blue and Atlanta Beat, she played for Western New York Flash in 2013 at the commencement of the NWSL. She moved on to Houston Dash two years later, where she has remained until her signing with Manchester City.
In all, she has won 232 international caps for the United States and scored a total of 96 goals.
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