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Strengthened Manchester City squad sets hopes on reaching WICC final
Demi Stokes in action for Manchester City WFC against Arsenal WFC.

Heading into 2019 Women’s International Champions Cup (WICC), the 2019/20 Manchester City Women’s team will be looking to improve on last year’s performance. And between the veteran players and the new signings, they are more than prepared to challenge their opponents for the WICC trophy. 

In the inaugural year of the tournament, the club finished third place after losing 3-0 to Olympique Lyonnais in the semi-finals and then edging Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the consolation game. 

Yet even when they didn’t claim the trophy, the result did not affect the rest of the 2018/19 season for Nick Crushing’s side and they went on to win the FA Women’s Cup, the FA WSL Continental Cup and finish second in the FA Women’s Super League behind Arsenal.

Hedvig Lindahl saving Janine Beckie's penalty kick during Sweden and England's Third Place match at the 2019 Women's World Cup.

When taking their domestic success into account, a lot of the team has also continued putting in good international performances over the summer. 

In particular, seven of the 20 players traveling to the United States of America participated in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with their respective countries. 

As a result, fans can expect to see a lot of familiar names from the summer when the club visits North Carolina such as Demi Stokes, Georgia Stanway, Jill Scott, Keira Walsh, Caroline Weir, Janine Beckie and captain Steph Houghton. 

Unfortunately, Ellen White and Karen Bardsley will not be participating after picking up injuries in training a few days ago. 

With the England National Team making the semi-finals of the world-class tournament, Crushing and his management team will be asking the veteran players to continue to uphold the responsibility of playing well. He will also be asking the same of the newcomers too.

New Manchester City WFC signing Lee Geum-min dribbling at Norwegian defenders during South Korea's Group A match at the 2019 Women's World Cup.

Three of the club’s new summer signings will also have the opportunity to start winning trophies in their new light blue jerseys, including 25-year-old striker Lee Geum-min, 23- year-old defender Aoife Mannion, and 18-year old midfielder Tyler Toland. 

The South Korean striker also represented her country during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and Crushing explained it was her impressive performances that caught his eye. 

“We watched South Korea in the World Cup and we were really impressed by Geum-Min – her ability to go one-v-one against players in the attacking third and her ability to create chances and score goals...She’s not only a good player but she has a lot of potential to improve and grow,” said Crushing via the team’s official website. 

With only a few days before the tournament, the team will continue to try and find the best way to use their strengthened squad in hopes of claiming another title right before the new season begins. 

Manchester City will kick off their WICC with a game against hosts North Carolina Courage on August 15th at 7:30 p.m. EST at Sahlen’s Stadium in WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, North Carolina.

 
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