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Lloyd opens up about starting Sunday's final

Women's World Cup final: Lloyd opens up about her odds of starting in USA vs Netherlands

July 6, 2019 By Ali M.
The 36-year-old icon has had a limited role in France but will be keen on leaving her mark in what should be her final World Cup appearance.

The US women's national team are gearing up for Sunday's FIFA Women's World Cup final, which will be their third consecutive final. Should they win, it would mean back-to-back titles for the highest-ranked nation and it would be a great ending to what will Carli Lloyd's last World Cup appearance.

The Sky Blue ace, who will turn 37 later this month, has previously stated that she plans on quitting the Stars and Stripes after the 2020 Olympics. Her minutes-per-game at France 2019 is proof that her international career is coming to an end.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist has played in every single game for the reigning champions but has been limited to a substitute role. She has managed only 191 minutes on the pitch -- that is 158 minutes fewer than team-mate Megan Rapinoe despite having featured in two more games.

However, USA's 2015 hero has shown promising signs. As is the norm with footballers, once they hit their 30s, they lose a few yards. However, in the semi-final clash with England, Lloyd showed she can match Nikita Parris' pace in the latter stages of the game.

However, when this topic was brought up, the USA icon remained coy about her odds of starting against the Netherlands. She told Live Soccer TV:

"Honestly, I'm just trying to do whatever is possible for the team. There are a lot of things out of my control but the only thing I can control is the minutes I get and I'm trying to go out there and just help the team and that's ultimately what I'm doing."

Today marks four years since her 2015 Women's World Cup final hat-trick

On the matter of their semi-final triumph over England, Lloyd admitted that it was no easy win, adding: "That was nailbiter and a very exciting game. I'm sure the fans enjoyed it, [it was] some great stuff by the team and now we move on to the final."

With Rapinoe and Morgan firing at all cylinders, having scored a combined 11 goals so far, it's unlikely that Lloyd will start. However, there is no doubt that the 36-year-old will get her cameo and a final bow fitting of a legend.

Lifting the trophy will be the cherry on top of the cake Jill Ellis' crew. The Netherlands stand in their way but after beating England, the title holders will head into the final hurdle with confidence.

 

Match details, result and original broadcast info

USA Women 2 - 0 Netherlands Women

July 7, 2019 11:00amGroupama Stadium (Décines-Charpieu)

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