She wept at first, allowing her tears to soak into the grass at Kashima Stadium, and then she ran, meaning her sweat could follow the same course. Carli Lloyd would literally be leaving everything she had on the field.
Lloyd told us so much in the hour after the United States women’s national team lost its Olympic Games semifinal to rival Canada. She was among the most obviously affected by that defeat because it was not just a lost opportunity to play for a gold medal or to exact revenge in the final against nemesis Sweden. She knew she was departing the sport soon, and this had been her chance to exit at the very top of the world.
Written by: Mike Decourcy