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Victory seal US ace Williams on ALW loan

Reigning A-League Women champions Melbourne Victory have added some short-term firepower to their stacked attack, officially sealing a loan move for United States forward Lynn Williams.

The 28-year-old Williams has joined on a short-term guest loan deal from her NWSL club North Carolina Courage that runs through to January 7.

Pending her international clearance, Williams’ stint at Victory could begin as early as Sunday’s season opener against Adelaide United.

Williams, who started both matches for the United States in their recent series against the Matildas, boasts 14 goals and 10 assists from 45 international appearances, while she has scored 41 goals in 79 games for the Courage.

She previously spent a brief spell with Western Sydney Wanderers, scoring four goals in five games, where now-Victory duo Courtney Nevin and Kyra Cooney-Cross were among her teammates.

“I’m thrilled to be back in Australia and joining Melbourne Victory in an exciting time for women’s football in this country,” Williams said.

“(Coach) Jeff (Hopkins) and the girls have been the team to beat and to be joining the squad for the upcoming season is an exciting opportunity.”

Williams chose to play in the ALW this season as her partner – Australian basketballer and Big Brother reality television series winner Marley Biyendolo – is based in Melbourne, where he plays in the second-tier NBL1.

She adds further experience to Victory’s attack, alongside fellow American Catherine Zimmerman and young striker Melina Ayres – particularly after Lisa De Vanna’s off-season departure.

“We’re incredibly pleased to have someone of Lynn’s calibre joining the squad for the upcoming season,” Hopkins said.

“Her speed and agility in the final third is what sets Lynn apart from many players at her level and to have her join our attacking line is an exciting prospect.

“Lynn’s career in the NWSL speaks for itself, winning a range of team and individual accolades in the competition, and we believe that her winning mentality will help us in our quest for silverware this season.”

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