The exodus of U.S. women’s national team stars from the National Women’s Soccer League to England continued Saturday as center back Abby Dahlkemper signed with Manchester City.
Dahlkemper will midfielders join Sam Mewis, a former Courage player, and Rose Lavelle, the 2019 Women’s World Cup Bronze Ball winner, on the squad.
Several USWNT players have performed for FA Women’s Super League team.
Christen Press and Tobin Heath play for Manchester United, which will make for an intriguing personal derby when the teams meet.
Alex Morgan also had a short spell with Tottenham.
The North Carolina Courage, for which Dahlkemper played, retained Dahlkemper’s NWSL rights, the team said.
“North Carolina- thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be a part of this organization for four amazing years,” Dahlkemper said in a statement. “I feel so grateful to be able to have played for this club filled with such special coaches, teammates, staff, and fans. I will forever remember my time with the Courage and will miss all of you so much.”
Since 2017, Dahlkemper has made 71 appearances with the Courage for 6,420 minutes. She contributed three assists and made 237 clearances in four seasons. The defender was a starter in both the 2018 and 2019 NWSL Championships in which the Courage were victorious. During the 2020 Fall Series, Dahlkemper served as the captain of the North Carolina Courage and recorded her first goal with the team.
“Abby is a modern center back with ability to build play, influence play, and dictate play,” Courage head coach Paul Riley said in a statement. “She has been terrific for the Courage and I want to thank her for her tremendous commitment, dedication, and complete focus that she gave our team. Sometimes when the opportunity knocks, you have to take advantage and risk take. I have told Abby that for years. She has accepted a new challenge and I’m sure it will be one she will embrace and be driven to succeed.”
City is in fourth place. During the 2019-2020 season, the team secured its fifth straight qualification for the UEFA Women’s Champions League.