The IX Carli Lloyd appreciation edition

I remember covering the 2015 World Cup and watching just stunned as Carli Lloyd scored those three goals in the first 16 minutes of the final against Japan.

I was still really somewhat new to the beat (I started covering the team in 2014). A couple of thoughts went through my head in that moment, first as a reporter: `Thank you Carli for making my job easier.’ Then as a soccer fan: `Oh my!’

(Funny aside: Sen. Ted Cruz retweeted my Tweet about Lloyd after the game and I got about 10,000 followers instantly. Then they all unfollowed me the next day when they figured out who I was.)

No matter how you feel about Lloyd, and sometimes her sheer intensity could be off-putting, there’s no denying that she’s one of the best ever to play for the U.S. national team.

Written by: Annie Peterson