Wembley finals are special – Carli Lloyd

Rachael Ugiagbe

America international Carli Lloyd will relish the golden moments of the 2012 Olympic Games in London as she hopes to lead Manchester City to glory at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Lloyd netted a brace at the England’s National Stadium in USA’s 2-1 defeat of Japan in the Olympic final five years ago.

Now, the reigning FIFA Player of the Year will make a return to North London as she and the ladies from Manchester battle Birmingham City Ladies in front of a record crowd at the SSE Women’s FA Cup final.

She scored City’s goal in their 1-0 win over Lyon in the UEFA Women’s Champions League semifinals but coach Nick Cushing’s team lost 3-2 on aggregate to the French giants.

But the American midfielder is determine to help Manchester City win their first Women’s FA Cup title as her three-month loan spell set to expire.

Manchester City Ladies. Photo credit: FA

“That’s why I do what I do, and those are the most amazing moments where I like to rise to the occasion,” Lloyd is quoted as saying on BT Sport.

“I’ve got a very good visual memory of Wembley, from playing in front of 80,000 fans in 2012, and receiving the gold medal, so it’s pretty exciting to be going back and competing for another final.

“I know the club have been really going after this for the last four years since they’ve been a part of this league and it’s very special to them. I want to help them win it, do everything I can,” she added.

The Manchester outfit won the Women’s Super League 1 and WSL Continental Tyres Cup last season after dominating the women’s football in England but only the FA Cup eludes them.

The game kicks of May 13, at 17:15 GMT.

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