Former NC Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper becomes the third US soccer player to sign for the WSL giants Manchester City this season. She joins her national team-mates Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle, who signed in August last year, in the English topflight as they continue to push for a league title.
Lavelle and Mewis are currently on loan contracts from their NWSL parent clubs, but with Dahlkemper signing a two-and-a-half-year contract it’s a positive sign for City fans that at least one of them could make their move a permanent one to accompany the new signing in her new environment.
It comes after the World Cup winner spent four seasons at North Carolina, where she has won the NWSL Shield and Championship with the squad two years running. A regular starter for the club, she has been praised for her no-nonsense defending and contributions to many of clean sheets.
When asked about her move she said: “I am so excited to join Manchester City – it’s a world-class club full of incredible players and I can’t wait to get started.
“Sam [Mewis] and Rose [Lavelle] have been saying nothing but brilliant things about the Club and hearing them speak so highly about the facilities, the staff and the players as well as their experience of a new technical and tactical challenge is something that was really appealing to me”.
In the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Dahlkemper played more minutes in the campaign than any other outfield player, a campaign that would see them go and lift the trophy after a 2-0 win over The Netherlands in the final in France.
The new recruit will join up with the rest of the squad after the USWNT play their up-coming friendly against Columbia in preparation for the Olympics.