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United States women's national team superstar Carli Lloyd, a two-time World Cup winner, is calling it a career. U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that the 39-year-old veteran will step away from the game later this year following the NWSL season and fall friendlies for the USWNT. CBSSports.comCarli Lloyd retirement: Looking back at USWNT star's legendary career, by the numbers

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USWNT's Carli Lloyd, two-time Women's World Cup winner, announces international retirement

ESPN 17 August, 2021 - 07:20am

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Two-time Women's World Cup winner Carli Lloyd officially announced her retirement from the U.S. women's national team on Monday, putting an end to a storied career as the second-most-capped player in world soccer history with 128 international goals and two Olympic gold medals.

She will retire from international play after the USWNT fall friendlies and from club play at end of the NWSL season.

Lloyd, 39, had hinted at her retirement following the Olympics. She will do a farewell tour for U.S. Soccer, playing in two USWNT friendlies in September and two in October, which will serve as her final games in a USWNT uniform.

She will also finish out the rest of the National Women's Soccer League season with her club, NJ/NY Gotham FC, before also calling time on her 12-year, six-club career.

Lloyd scored the last of her 128 international goals when she netted a brace in the United States' 4-3 defeat of Australia in the bronze-medal match at the Tokyo Olympics.

Her 312 international caps rank her second all time in the U.S. and in the world behind only Kristine Lilly (354). Lloyd is one of just four international soccer players to play 300 or more times for her country.

"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." Lloyd said in a news release. "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."

She is one of two Americans to win the FIFA Women's Player of the Year Award twice, earning the honors in 2015 and 2016. (Mia Hamm won in 2001 and 2002.)

Her 128 career international goals are fourth most in USWNT history. She holds the team record for most Olympic goals (10) and is third in team history for most WWC goals (also 10). Lloyd is also tied with Mia Hamm for most USWNT hat tricks with eight.

Lloyd began her career a few days before she turned 23 when she debuted against Ukraine in Portland, Oregon.

"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," Lloyd said. "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.

"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?"

Lloyd played for five different USWNT head coaches. She earned 124 caps under Jill Ellis and 100 under Pia Sundhage.

"I am thankful for all five head coaches I have played for, as they have all helped mold me into the player I have become over the years," Lloyd said. "We shared some amazing moments and also some challenging moments, but all of it is what has made my journey so special and rewarding."

USWNT legend Carli Lloyd announces retirement

Yahoo Sports 17 August, 2021 - 07:20am

US forward Carli Lloyd retiring after decorated career

Hot Springs Sentinel 17 August, 2021 - 07:20am

The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year known for her dramatic hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup final will play four as-yet unannounced friendly matches this fall with the U.S., and finish out the season with her club team, Gotham FC. She hinted for more than a year that she was nearing the end of her career and made it official Monday.

"Through all the goals, the trophies, the medals and the championships won, what I am most proud of is that I've been able to stay unapologetically me," said Lloyd, whose international career has spanned some 16 years. "My journey has been hard, but I can honestly say I've stayed true to myself, to my teammates, my coaches, the media and the fans throughout my entire career and that is what I am most proud of. Everyone sees the moments of glory, but I have cherished the work behind the scenes and the adversity that I've had to overcome."

The 39-year-old Lloyd scored a pair of goals in the United States' 4-3 victory over Australia in the bronze medal game in Japan earlier this month. She became the first American to score in four different Olympics, and her 10 total goals in the event set a new record among U.S. players.

She ranks second on the national team's all-time list with 312 appearances, and fourth with 128 goals.

Lloyd is probably best known for her three goals, all in the space of 16 minutes, to lead the United States to a 5-2 victory over Japan in the 2015 World Cup final. Her third goal in that match was a blistering strike from midfield.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Lloyd scored in overtime in a 1-0 victory over Brazil in the final. Four years later, she scored both goals in the gold-medal match against Japan at Wembley Stadium, becoming the only player to score winning goals in consecutive Olympic finals.

"Carli Lloyd is a true legend," U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski said. "Her career was unique, and her success on the field is something all current and future National Team players should aspire to achieve. The way she approached her everyday training and career as a professional is truly impressive and I've been honored to coach her."

A New Jersey native, Lloyd has played professionally for some 12 years, spanning time in the now-defunct Women's Professional Soccer league and in the National Women's Soccer League. She also had a brief stint with Manchester United in the Women's Super League.

Known for her steely focus and competitiveness, Lloyd suggested after the United States' run to the 2019 World Cup title that she would try to make the roster for the Tokyo Games, but it would likely be her last major tournament with the national team.

When the Olympics were pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Lloyd underwent a knee procedure and worked her way back under a new trainer. She also took advantage of the downtime to reconnect with her family, from whom she'd been estranged for much of her career.

"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," she said. "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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US forward Carli Lloyd retiring after decorated career

Sumter Item 17 August, 2021 - 07:20am

The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year known for her dramatic hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup final will play four as-yet unannounced friendly matches this fall with the U.S., and finish out the season with her club team, Gotham FC. She hinted for more than a year that she was nearing the end of her career and made it official Monday.

"Through all the goals, the trophies, the medals and the championships won, what I am most proud of is that I've been able to stay unapologetically me," said Lloyd, whose international career has spanned some 16 years. "My journey has been hard, but I can honestly say I've stayed true to myself, to my teammates, my coaches, the media and the fans throughout my entire career and that is what I am most proud of. Everyone sees the moments of glory, but I have cherished the work behind the scenes and the adversity that I've had to overcome."

The 39-year-old Lloyd scored a pair of goals in the United States' 4-3 victory over Australia in the bronze medal game in Japan earlier this month. She became the first American to score in four different Olympics, and her 10 total goals in the event set a new record among U.S. players.

She ranks second on the national team's all-time list with 312 appearances, and fourth with 128 goals.

Lloyd is probably best known for her three goals, all in the space of 16 minutes, to lead the United States to a 5-2 victory over Japan in the 2015 World Cup final. Her third goal in that match was a blistering strike from midfield.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Lloyd scored in overtime in a 1-0 victory over Brazil in the final. Four years later, she scored both goals in the gold-medal match against Japan at Wembley Stadium, becoming the only player to score winning goals in consecutive Olympic finals.

"Carli Lloyd is a true legend," U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski said. "Her career was unique, and her success on the field is something all current and future National Team players should aspire to achieve. The way she approached her everyday training and career as a professional is truly impressive and I've been honored to coach her."

A New Jersey native, Lloyd has played professionally for some 12 years, spanning time in the now-defunct Women's Professional Soccer league and in the National Women's Soccer League. She also had a brief stint with Manchester United in the Women's Super League.

Known for her steely focus and competitiveness, Lloyd suggested after the United States' run to the 2019 World Cup title that she would try to make the roster for the Tokyo Games, but it would likely be her last major tournament with the national team.

When the Olympics were pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Lloyd underwent a knee procedure and worked her way back under a new trainer. She also took advantage of the downtime to reconnect with her family, from whom she'd been estranged for much of her career.

"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," she said. "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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The secret to Carli Lloyd’s brilliant career? Her magnificent fury

The Guardian 17 August, 2021 - 07:08am

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So why does her imminent retirement seem so surprising?

No one would be surprised to hear a retirement announcement from the underappreciated Becky Sauerbrunn, the pragmatic central defender who has no desire to overstay her welcome. Nor would we be surprised to hear an (already hinted at) farewell note from Megan Rapinoe, whose contributions for club and country sharply declined after she excelled as a set-piece specialist in the 2019 World Cup.

Lloyd, on the other hand, seemed determined to play forever. She has always been driven by an obsessive desire to prove people wrong, even after scoring some of US soccer’s most important goals of the past 15 years.

That drive hadn’t gone away. Last year, she said she wouldn’t have continued playing for the US if Jill Ellis, who demoted her to a supersub role in the team’s victorious campaign at the 2019 World Cup, had remained as coach. This year, she launched some barbs at one of the most experienced women’s soccer journalists in the USA, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tannenwald, after the “hometown dude” dared to express some doubt that Lloyd wasn’t a lock to make the 18-player Olympic roster.

Lloyd has always insisted on doing things her own way, even to the point of fraying relationships. She spent much of her career with Australian coach James Galanis, who encouraged her to play with a chip on her shoulder and even helped her find adversaries whose enmity, real or exaggerated, could motivate her. That relationship contributed to a rift with her family that lasted through the peak of her career.

In 2020, she reversed those relationships. She split with Galanis and renewed her ties with her family. (One constant: high school sweetheart Brian Hollins, whom she married in 2016.)

Like her longtime friend Hope Solo, she wrote a candid memoir in which she talked about her complex family life and recalled being an outsider even within the national team. And like Solo, she proved that world-class players don’t need to be best buddies with their teammates. Starting with her extra-time winner in the 2008 Olympic final against Brazil, Lloyd has scored goals when they matter.

She took it to another level at the 2015 World Cup, scoring six goals in four knockout games. Her penalty kick provided a vital insurance goal against Colombia in the round of 16. She then scored the only goal in a quarter-final win over China. In the semi-final against Germany, she scored the first goal from another penalty, albeit one that probably wouldn’t have been awarded in the VAR era, then set up the USA’s second goal.

The 2015 final was a Lloyd highlight reel, and arguably the greatest individual performances in a women’s World Cup final. She scored two goals in the first five minutes. In the 16th, she gave the USA a 4-0 lead with a strike from the halfway line.

She also had a couple of good years in professional play, scoring eight goals in 14 games with the New Jersey club then known as Sky Blue in 2019, even with a long absence for the World Cup and the previous year’s reports of appalling conditions for players at the club.

Lloyd will play in two US friendlies before she retires, but her final competitive appearance for the USWNT was the Olympic bronze medal game two weeks ago, in which she put the USA up 3-1 with a clinical two-touch finish off Lindsey Horan’s well-placed pass, then won the ball for a solo breakaway which ended with her 10th career Olympic goal.

So perhaps the lure of time with her family, combined with her advancing age, pushed her to hang up the cleats after this season. Or perhaps after spending her career successfully proving herself, she had nothing left to achieve.

American midfielder Carli Lloyd announces her retirement

Republic World 17 August, 2021 - 05:19am

On Monday (16 August), 39-year-old American Carli Lloyd announced her decision to retire from football.

The two-time FIFA Women's Player of the Year (2015 and 2016), Lloyd recorded 128 career goals over 312 caps for the USWNT. She scored 10 times in World Cup play over her career and earned the Golden Ball trophy for her performance in 2015.

In a statement to U.S. Soccer, Lloyd said, "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?"

U.S. Soccer said they will "soon announce four fall friendly matches for the USWNT - two in September and two in October - which will serve as Lloyd's final games in a U.S. uniform. Lloyd will also play the remainder of the National Women's Soccer League season with NJ/NY Gotham FC before also calling time on her professional club career, which has spanned 12 years and six teams."

Legendary woman’s soccer player announces retirement from sport

8News 16 August, 2021 - 09:32pm

KASHIMA, JAPAN – JULY 27: Carli Lloyd #10 of Team United States looks on during the Women’s Football Group G match between United States and Australia on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kashima Stadium on July 27, 2021 in Kashima, Ibaraki, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

(WCMH) – The United States women’s national soccer team posted on Twitter that player Carli Lloyd, 39, will be retiring from the team.

The tweet read, “A legendary career comes to a close 🇺🇸 🐐 @CarliLloyd has announced her retirement. The soon-to-be announced four #USWNT fall friendlies will be her final matches in a U.S. uniform, closing out a remarkable career. She will finish the @NWSL season with @GothamFC.”

A legendary career comes to a close 🇺🇸🐐 @CarliLloyd has announced her retirement. The soon-to-be announced four #USWNT fall friendlies will be her final matches in a U.S. uniform, closing out a remarkable career. She will finish the @NWSL season with @GothamFC.

The organization added a U.S. flag and goat emoji, which stands for the greatest-of-all-time, honoring Llyod’s remarkable ability in the sport.

Most recently she won a bronze medal with team members at the Tokyo Olympics. But her decorated career spanned decades.

An article on the National Women’s Soccer League website quoted a statement from Lloyd on her retirement.

“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,” said Lloyd. “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?”

The site also noted her longevity in the sport, writing that Lloyd’s “ability to play at the highest levels into her late 30s has been unprecedented.”

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