“I’ll Give It All I Have”- Carli Lloyd Issues Statement on Her Final USWNT Matches After Announcing Retirement

Published 08/18/2021, 2:29 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Soccer Football – Women – Bronze medal match – Australia v United States – Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, Ibaraki, Japan – August 5, 2021. Carli Lloyd of the United States scores their fourth goal REUTERS/Henry Romero


After an incredible career spanning two decades, Carli Lloyd recently announced her retirement from football. The 39-year-old US superstar is bowing out with two World cups and two Olympic gold medals in her trophy cabinet. Moreover, she scored 128 international goals in an incredible career and bows out as the second-most-capped player in football history. The USWNT claimed the bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics as Lloyd scored a brace against Australia. She took to Twitter to acknowledge fans and people who have supported her throughout her career.

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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 REUTERS/Edgar Su

Carli Lloyd shares an emotional post

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The forward will retire after USWNT’s fall friendlies while making her club retirement at the end of the NWSL season. The football player opened up about her career in an emotional Twitter post.

“My first love. My first passion. 34 years of playing with this ⚽. It has given me more than I could ever dream of. I could have never imagined the journey I’ve had. It has been incredibly hard, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”

“To say I will miss it is an understatement. I have given it all I have every single day. I have no regrets. But….I still have 2 more months to grind and cherish playing. You best believe I’ll give it all I have till the end!”

“I can’t begin to thank everyone for the amazing messages and words I have received. Thank you. It’s not the end, it is just a new chapter in the next phase of my life!”

Even at 39 years of age, the passion for the game in the USWNT star’s words appears to be undying. It must be overwhelming for one of the true greats of football to look back at her accomplished career.

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Lloyd’s incredible career

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Throughout her career, she constantly improved and made strides in developing into an incredible player. She plays her club football for Gotham FC and will end her club career at the end of the season. But, the international stage is where Lloyd made her dreams come true.

With Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo, and many other superstars, the US women’s soccer team asserted its dominance in international football for a long time. Lloyd played an enormous part in that success. The 2015 World Cup is where she showed her true colors. During the final against Japan, she produced an incredible piece of skill from the halfway line as she chipped the goalkeeper to score a sensational goal; one of the best ever in World Cup history.

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All good things must come to an end. The golden generation of the USWNT is finally reaching its end and new players will need to step up and carry the torch forth. Lloyd, however, will always be remembered as one of the greats in the football’s history.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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