Carli Lloyd To Play Four Final Matches Before USWNT Retirement

Published 08/16/2021, 2:58 PM EDT
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL – AUGUST 06: Carli Lloyd of United States celebrates after scoring during the Women’s Group G first round match between United States and France during Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)


Recently, the American professional soccer player, Carli Lloyd has announced her retirement. However, she still has some play left within before she leaves.

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What a remarkable career Lloyd has had!

Lloyd is an American professional soccer player. She plays as a midfielder and or as a forward for NJ/NY Gotham FC in the National Women’s Soccer League and the United States national team.

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She’s the oldest player to have led the scoring in a calendar year by scoring 16 goals in 2019 and ending the year at 37. After being the all-time top scorer in the Olympic Games with 10 goals, she successfully overtook Abby Wambach. Also, she scored 10 goals in World Cup play! Last, because of playing 177 international games after turning 30, which is two more than Christie Pearce Rampone, she has definitely created history.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Soccer Football – Women – Bronze medal match – Australia v United States – Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, Ibaraki, Japan – August 5, 2021. Megan Rapinoe of the United States celebrates scoring their second goal with Carli Lloyd of the United States, Christen Press of the United States and Crystal Dunn of the United States REUTERS/Edgar Su

Announcement for Carli Lloyd

As upsetting as it is, one of the legendary players in football will retire soon. Indeed, Carlie is one of the most successful and decorated females in the history of US soccer. She has scored a grand total of 128 international goals in her professional career. She’s said considered as a remarkably impactful football player to enter the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and the USWNT program.

However, before US Soccer proclaims the news of her retirement, four fall-friendly matches for the USWNT are going to take place. Two in September and two in October. Unfortunately, these will serve as Lloyd’s last games wearing the U.S. jersey. Not only this but also, Lloyd will also play the one last match of the National Women’s Soccer League season with NJ/NY Gotham FC before putting a full stop to her professional club career, which lasted for 12 years and six teams.

What does Carli have to say?

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.

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“I would like to thank U.S. Soccer for helping to provide the opportunities and memories that will last a lifetime. I am forever grateful to have represented the crest and to be able to play for my country for the last 17 years,” said Lloyd. “I will continue to support and cheer this team on and continue to find ways to help grow the game and inspire the next generation”.

Further, she added, “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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Even though the USA team is will not be the same without Carli, we hope for the best for her future endeavours!

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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