Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Manchester United has announced the signing of 26-year-old goalkeeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce on a permanent deal.
The shot-stopper joins United from National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) club OL Reign, after a previous spell with OL Reign sisters club French Division 1 Feminine club Reims.
Phallon Tullis-Joyce said on the club website: “Today has been pure excitement for me. Manchester United is such an historic club, that has already done so much in the women’s game. I’m so honoured to get this opportunity.”
Head coach Marc Skinner said: “Phallon joins us at an exciting time for Manchester United Women, as we embark on our first European season. We are delighted to welcome Phallon to our family.
“Phallon has a wonderful array of talents, and we look forward to seeing her growth at Manchester United.”
The young keeper plays international football for the USA, having been first called up in 2022.
It is thought she will be second choice behind Earps as she settles in before replacing Earps who is likely to leave in January or at the end of the season.
The team also confirmed that goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley has joined fellow Barclays Women’s Super League side Brighton and Hove Albion on a permanent deal.
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Baggaley joined United in July 2021 and went on to make 10 appearances in goal for the club – with her debut arriving in October 2021’s penalty shootout win over Durham in the League Cup.
Sophie has been a mainstay of United’s squad since joining from Bristol City and featured four times during the 2022/2023 campaign, which saw the team finish second in the WSL, secure Champions League qualification for the first time, and make it to the maiden FA Cup Final.
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