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USWNT legend Carli Lloyd announces her retirement

USWNT legend Carli Lloyd announces her retirement

August 16, 2021 By Juan Aguerrevere
Forward Carli Lloyd will end her historic U.S. women’s national team career after the USWNT fall friendlies and retire from football entirely at the end of the NSWL season in November.

Lloyd will be remembered as one of the most clutch players in USWNT and her long list of accolades across her 17-year international career:

  • Fifth top international scorer (men’s and women’s) with 128 goals 
  • Second most-capped player in world soccer history (312)
  • One-time U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year
  • Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner
  • One-time U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year
  • Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist 
  • Two-time CONCACAF Women’s Championship winner
  • Four-time CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament winner

“When I first started out with the National Team in 2005, my two main goals were to be the most complete soccer player I could be and to help the team win championships,” said Lloyd. “Every single day I stepped out onto the field, I played as if it was my last game. I never wanted to take anything for granted, especially knowing how hard it is to get to the top, but even harder to stay at the top for so long.”

The 39-year-old will hang up her No. 10 national team jersey after the USWNT play four fall friendlies.

Lloyd will ultimately hang up her boots at the end of the 2021 National Women’s Soccer League season with her club NJ/NY Gotham FC. Her 12-year and six-team club career will culminate in November if Gotham maintains their spot in playoffs.

“To end my career knowing my family was able to be by my side and share this last chapter with me could not have been any more special. We will all have a lot more time to spend together now, and especially with my husband Brian, who has been my rock and biggest support system for all these years. We are both looking forward to starting this next chapter of our lives without my everyday grind of training and playing, but I will most likely need to another outlet for my competitiveness! Perhaps that will be golf?”

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