ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Two-time Women’s World Cup winner Carli Lloyd has ended her professional soccer career on a sad note as her team NJ/NY Gotham FC suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Chicago Red Stars on Sunday in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) playoffs.
Despite the loss, Lloyd remains happy for leading her team to their first postseason appearance since 2013.
“We played really well today, we really turned this club around and I’m very excited to see the future of this club,” Lloyd said.
“I’m proud, you know, and I’m sad as well because this is it,” Lloyd added.
Lloyd is ending her colorful soccer career as the second-most-capped player in world soccer history with 128 international goals and two Olympic gold medals.
She played well in the bronze medal finish of the USWNT in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by scoring a goal in her team’s 4-3 win vs. Australia.
Sources said Lloyd’s 312 international caps rank her second all-time in the U.S. and the world behind only Kristine Lilly (354).
Lloyd is one of just four international soccer players to play 300 or more times for her country.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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