Carli Lloyd, perhaps the most impactful big-game player ever to feature for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, one of the greatest players in the storied history of the USWNT program, the second-most capped player in world soccer history and owner of 128 international goals, has announced her retirement.
U.S. Soccer 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.
“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.” said Lloyd. “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.”