Carli Lloyd scored a goal in Manchester City’s 4-1 victory over Birmingham, helping seal the deal on their FA Cup win. Lloyd made it 3-0 in the 32’, finishing off a cross at the far post in front of a crowd of 35,271 at Wembley.
Birmingham attempted to mount the beginnings of a comeback, but City’s fourth goal from Jill Scott sealed their fate. Catch full highlights here.
Man City was pretty much in control of the game, outshooting Birmingham two-to-one. They now add the FA Cup to their list of successes after last year winning the league and the Continental Cup. The club will now be looking to conquer WSL in the 2017 Spring Series, a shortened interim season meant to help WSL transition from being a summer to a winter league.
Lloyd has a handful of games left with Man City before her contract is up, among them games against Chelsea and Arsenal, who feature Crystal Dunn and Heather O’Reilly respectively. Then she’ll be expected to return to the Houston Dash in June, probably more towards the middle of the month as the national team has two European away friendlies on June 8 and June 11.
The Dash could really use Lloyd at the moment; their midfield has been struggling, especially with Morgan Brian not up to a full 90’ yet after recovering from injury. They just got handed a 3-1 loss by Sky Blue FC and got a 5-1 whomping from Seattle in April, leaving them currently sitting at sixth in the league with a -5 GD. Assuming things don’t turn around for them over the next month, Lloyd’s return to these shores will surely be good for Houston and their fans.