ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Two-time Women’s World Cup winner Carli Lloyd has no regrets as far as her professional soccer career is concerned as her retirement from the U.S. women’s national team becomes official after her last game for USWNT on Tuesday night.
“Sure there were times where maybe my focus was too intense, but I gave it all I had. And I think that’s what’s special, walking away from this is knowing that I did give it all I have,” Lloyd said.
“This next phase of mine, I think, is going to be no different. I’m going to find something that I’m passionate about and do it to the best of my ability. I want to eventually start a family with my husband and want to be the best mom and strive to be the best wife that I possibly can,” 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.
According to reports, Lloyd’s retirement will take effect after the USWNT fall friendlies and from club play at end of the NWSL season.
Lloyd, 39 is set to do a farewell tour for U.S. Soccer, playing in two USWNT friendlies in September and two in October, which will serve as her final games in a USWNT uniform.
The legendary American women soccer player will also finish out the rest of the National Women’s Soccer League season with her club, NJ/NY Gotham FC, before also calling time on her 12-year, six-club career.
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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