World Cup winning defender Abby Dahlkemper joins Man City Women

Man City's new signing, Abby Dahlkemper

Manchester City have signed 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup winner Abby Dahlkemper on a two-and-a-half year contract.

A seasoned professional and a key figure for the USWNT, the defender makes the switch to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League after four seasons with North Carolina Courage in the NWSL.

She has since won the SheBelieves Cup (2018 and 2020), Tournament of Nations and CONCACAF Women’s Championship (2018), FIFA Women’s World Cup (2019) and most recently in 2020, the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament with the USWNT.

She also played the most minutes of any field player during their World Cup triumph, featuring in 622 of a possible 630 minutes as they lifted the prestigious trophy.

Speaking about her move, Dahlkemper 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.

“With all the talent in the FAWSL, I know that each game will present a new challenge and the opportunity to grow both as a player and as a person in England is going to be amazing, alongside having the chance to play Champions League football too.

“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.”

Man City's new signing, Abby Dahlkemper
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Head Coach Gareth Taylor said: “We’re delighted to welcome Abby to Manchester City, another exciting addition to our squad.

“She is a very talented defender who has been successful both domestically and internationally – with her desire and hunger for victory, we know she’ll fit into our team ethos perfectly.

“We’re really looking forward to working with her over the coming seasons.”

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