“I Should Keep Playing”: Carli Lloyd Rethinks Retirement Call Ahead of Final USWNT Game

Published 10/26/2021, 8:54 AM 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)


USWNT legend Carli Lloyd is soon going to hang her boots after a successful career on the field. Enjoying the little time left with the team, Carli recently attended the Rolling Stones concert. However, watching the vintage veteran band perform sparked doubts in Carli’s mind about her retirement.

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After four Olympics and FIFA triumphs, Carli had announced her retirement from the sport. Hence, Carli will showcase her magical performance on the field for one last time on Tuesday.

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Carli Lloyd jokes about postponing retirement

On Sunday, Lloyd attended the legendary band Rolling Stones’ concert in Minneapolis along with her teammates. Notably, watching the rock band’s 79-year-old star, Mick Jagger, inspired Carli. In her long career, Lloyd has sacrificed her personal life, giving her service to her country.

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

In conversation with Goal.com, Carli said, “Throughout my career I’ve just wanted to be the best soccer player that I could be. I’ve often missed out on going to do things for fun. I’m not missing out on anything now, and I was really happy that I decided to go see the Rolling Stones live. They were unbelievable.”

Lloyd revealed they inspire her to play more in her career. “They sort of make me feel like I should keep playing! Mick [Jagger] running down the stage at the age of 78 and performing the way that he did was pretty incredible.”

Top favorite moments of her career

Carli seemed to be super thrilled by the concert, as it was one of her bucket lists items. Lloyd and other USWNT stars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe also got the chance to meet the band in person. Carli expressed how it felt to meet the band. She said, “It was really cool. Definitely one of my top favorite moments.”

Sep 16, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; USA forward Carli Lloyd (10) and Paraguay midfielder Celsa Sandoval (7) battle for a header in the second half of an international friendly soccer match at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Notably, the 39-year-old will play her last match for the USWNT.

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While she just joked about her retirement, fans and admirers around the world must have hoped it was true. Undoubtedly, she will forever be remembered as one of the greatest athletes to have ever played the sport.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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