One of the greatest American footballers to ever live will call it a career on Tuesday night. Carli Lloyd will lead the United States women’s national team onto the pitch against South Korea in Saint Paul for the final time, marking the 316th time the New Jersey native will play a game in the red, white, and blue.
Lloyd’s national team career achievements are near-peerless: Two Olympic gold medals, two World Cups, 134 goals, and a collection of trophies in her trophy case that indicate she held the title of best player in the world at one time or another. Among her many career highlights is one of the greatest individual performances, man or woman, we have ever seen in a World Cup final, as Lloyd banged in three first half goals — including a chip from midfield that was a finalist for FIFA’s Puskás Award that year — en route to a 5-2 drubbing of Japan.
Written by: Bill Difilippo