Carli Lloyd won another title at Wembley Saturday. Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
LONDON — U.S. women’s captain Carli Lloyd turned to the stadium where she scored twice to boost the Americans to the 2012 Olympic gold medal to win yet another one Saturday.
Lloyd scored the third goal of the match as the Manchester City women captured their first Women’s FA Cup crown behind a 4-1 victory over Birmingham at Wembley Stadium.
It was City’s fourth trophy in its history. It also has won a Continental Tyres Cup and a league title.
“Proud to be a part of this team @ManCityWomen @SSEWomensFACup #champions ✅🏆🥇⚽️,” LLoyd tweeted.
Lucy Bronze, Izzy Christiansen and Carli Lloyd gave the Blues a 3-0 halftime lead before Jill Scott completed the scoring in the 80th minute.
Megan Campbell created Lloyd’s goal, curling a superb first-time cross to the backpost where the U.S. forward and Steph Houghton were waiting to pounce as Lloyd put it home.
Prior to the game, ManCity manager Nick Cushing had joked on the team bus that “going into the break 3-0 up would be ideal.”
From his mouth to the Manchester City players’ feet and head.
“We knew it was going to be an occasion. Birmingham get to finals and they really want to win but we had to stick to our process and it was an exceptional win,” Cushing said. “Every player on the pitch played their part.
“We were disappointed after the Champions League because we didn’t perform at home again Lyon so today I really wanted the team to win and the performance was exception.”