MANCHESTER, U.K. – Former Texas Tech soccer standout Janine Beckie signed a one-year contract with Manchester City's Women's Football Club on Thursday. The forward, who most recently played for Sky Blue FC out of the National Women's Soccer League, also helps lead the Canadian Women's National Team. While at Tech, she led the soccer program to its first-ever Big 12 Championship in 2015.
"We are thrilled for Janine," said Texas Tech head coach Tom Stone. "It's always been a dream of hers to play overseas. We can't wait to see her in that environment and what it will bring out of her game. What a wonderful opportunity, and it should prove to be great preparation for her as she prepares for the World Cup."
Beckie's contract brings her to Manchester City on a one-year deal, where she will join the team for the upcoming FA WSL campaign as well as for the Champions League – both of which run from September to May. Manchester City finished second in last year's FA WSL and made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The transfer to England is one not unfamiliar to Beckie, as former Houston Dash teammate and U.S. Women's National Team star Carli Lloyd recently completed a one-year stint with Manchester City in 2017. Beckie told Manchester City that Lloyd's positive experience overseas made her feel comfortable to make the jump herself.
Beckie said, "To hear her [Lloyd] come back and talk about what a professional environment it is – the soccer's great, the coaching is great, the facilities are great – it's really cool to have a player like her speak so highly of my new team."
Manchester City manager Nick Cushing expressed his excitement of signing the former Red Raider to ManCity.com, saying, "Janine is an excellent addition to our squad. She has developed over recent years as one of Canada's most exciting potential talents and we are delighted to add her to our squad."
After graduating from Texas Tech as the program's all-time leading goal scorer, Beckie was selected eighth overall by the Houston Dash in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. In her two seasons with the Dash, she tallied five goals and three assists in 22 starts. Prior to the 2018 campaign, she was traded to Sky Blue FC, located in New Jersey, where she has since made 11 starts.
Beckie's international recognition has come from her time playing for Canada. Beckie was rostered for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and in her first game scored the earliest goal in the history of the Games. Just twenty seconds into Canada's opening game against Australia, Christine Sinclair stole the ball on a short pass in the Australian backfield, then crossed it to a crashing Beckie who punched it in to give the Canadians an early lead. Beckie also racked up two goals in Canada's defeat of Zimbabwe, and helped lead the team to an eventual bronze medal finish. In her 43 career appearances for the Canadians, Beckie has scored 22 goals.