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Send In The Yanks: FA WSL Gets Shot Of USWNT Power

October 23, 2016: USA midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) during a Women's International Friendly between USA and Switzerland at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

With Germany’s Frauen-Bundesliga and France’s Division 1 Feminin flying the domestic club competition banner for Europe, it is natural for the FA Women’s Super League to make moves to get big names in the race for the UEFA Women’s Champions League crown. Three prominent members on the USWNT have France 2019 on their minds and have chosen to advance their careers at the mother country of football, and the FA WSL 1.

One of those players is USWNT goalscorer Carli Lloyd, a player who could be making a move from the NWSL’s Houston Dash to Manchester City, the current, defending champions of the FA WSL. According to insiders, the wheels are in motion for a massive signing that can ensure Man City’s good standing in the UWCL. Man City face Fortuna Hjørring, the champions of Denmark, in the quarterfinals.

Chelsea were eliminated in the UEFA Women’s Champions League by VfL Wolfsburg and are hoping to rebound from a poor showing in Europe with the signing of Crystal Dunn, who is currently on contract after spending 2014-16 with Jim Gabarra’s Washington Spirit.

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“I have only been to London once before but there is something that grabbed me about Chelsea. The whole family culture – the unity, the morale – is making it feel just like home,” said Dunn. “I’m excited because Chelsea has a large fanbase and their relationship with the men’s team alone is just incredible. I’m looking forward to the games and to seeing all the fans who come out and support and hopefully we can all help add to the growth of women’s football in England.

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“I’m going to give my all. It would be a dream to play in the Champions League and I am ready to help out the team in any way. I’m excited to join my new team-mates and join forces with them.”

And if Chelsea is going to make a move, so will Arsenal. After spending two seasons with FC Kansas City, Heather O’Reilly, perhaps in the twilight of her long and storied career, will look to help the Gunners, who won the Champions League in 2007 and are 14-time winners of the English first division (12 FA Women’s Premier League National Division titles, two FA WSL titles).

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“Having come over to Arsenal last year to train,” said O’Reilly. “I was very impressed with the club. The facilities are world class and they have a tradition of excellence at the club that I wanted to be a part of, I’m very happy to be here.”

With the additions of Dunn, O’Reilly and Lloyd, expect the FA Women’s Super League to restablish themselves as a relevant force in European women’s club football through proudly American-made USWNT power.

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