As Carli Lloyd Eases Into Retirement, Business Has Never Been Better For The Soccer Star
For many brands, that might have been a deal breaker—why make a major investment in an athlete just as she was leaving the global stage? But Symbodi, the Canadian manufacturer of a wall-mounted massage device, didn’t flinch. And the more chief operating officer Aaron Turner thought about it, the more this seemed like an opportunity.
“Carli is extremely decorated, but now that she starts this new chapter in life, it’s really interesting the story that we get to tell over this four-year partnership—how she is using recovery in her day-to-day life and not just how she views recovery for her job,” he says, adding, “You can only tell so many stories of her competing at the top level.”
Carli Lloyd Bows Out in Style With Insane USWNT Record for 2021
As 2021 came to an end, it was time for people to review the year. The USWNT, yet again, ended on a high with being ranked the number one side in the world. What’s more impressive are the performances of Lloyd. She scored 11 goals and created six assists in the whole year. For a person who is 39, that’s astonishing. Being an experienced personality, the composure in the final third speaks volumes of her talent. Having a similar aura to Landon Donovan from the USMNT, she is the undisputed leader for the USWNT. Thus, she ended her career in the grandest way possible.
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What’s some advice that you carry with you?
Trust the process, trust the journey. Be in the present moment. I'm a big believer that people come into your life for a reason and challenges come at you at certain moments to teach you lessons. If you try not to focus so much on the future and just focus on being in the present moment, we’d all live a less stressful life. The beauty of life is the unknown.
Carli Lloyd Did It Her Way
Mia Hamm Pays Tribute to 'Dynamic' Carli Lloyd After Retirement (Exclusive)
CARLI LLOYD FINISHING U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM CAREER KNOWING SHE 'GAVE IT ALL I HAD'
"I don't think that there's many that understand what it actually takes," Lloyd told FOX Sports on Monday during her final pregame news conference. "It’s very tiring to continue to prove people wrong."
That singular drive required sacrifices, lots of them. To Lloyd, anything that didn’t help her hurt her. She didn’t party or stay out late. She insisted that her husband, Brian, not travel to support her at major tournaments, lest he be a distraction.
Carli Lloyd: By the Numbers
10: Lloyd has worn the No. 10 jersey for both club and country, never wearing another number for any NWSL team.
111: A regular name on the team sheet, Lloyd has made 111 appearances across all NWSL competitions starting 109 of those games.
46 and 11: Ahead of Gotham FC’s remaining matches in the 2021 NWSL season, Lloyd currently has 46 goals and 11 assists to her name - however this tally could go up shortly!
May 17, 2014: First NWSL goal (Washington Spirit 3-2 Western NY Flash).
.400: Always a threat on the pitch, Lloyd is a vigorous attacker for any club. She currently holds the fourth-highest regular season goals-per-game ratio among active players at .400.
39: Lloyd is currently the oldest NWSL field player at 39 years old and the oldest player in the league to take and convert a penalty.
1: Back in 2013 Lloyd won the NWSL Shield with Western New York Flash and it remains her only NWSL title to date.