Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Carli Lloyd mentioned on Monday she is going to retire from the US ladies’s nationwide soccer crew later this yr.
Lloyd, who was additionally named FIFA Ladies’s Participant of the 12 months twice, introduced she plans to hold up her cleats after a collection of nationwide crew exhibition matches within the fall.
The 39-year-old additionally plans to complete the skilled soccer season out with the NJ/NY Gotham FC crew of the Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League
In her most up-to-date nationwide crew outing earlier this month, Lloyd helped the US win a bronze medal within the ladies’s soccer event on the Tokyo Olympics.
The World Cup champions had hoped for gold in Japan however losses to Sweden in group play and to Canada within the semi-finals dashed their prime of the rostrum aspirations.
Lloyd, who was the oldest participant on the US Olympic crew, has amassed 312 caps, trailing solely Kristine Lilly (354) all-time in worldwide play.
Solely 4 gamers have performed 300 or extra instances for his or her nation in worldwide ladies’s soccer historical past.
“Once I first began out with the Nationwide Crew in 2005, my two primary targets have been to be essentially the most full soccer participant I might be and to assist the crew win championships,” Lloyd mentioned.
“Each single day I stepped out onto the sector, I performed as if it was my final sport. I by no means wished to take something as a right, particularly understanding how laborious it’s to get to the highest, however even more durable to remain on the prime for therefore lengthy.”
Lloyd additionally performed professional soccer with six groups over 12 years.
“Carli Lloyd is a real legend,” mentioned US ladies’s nationwide crew coach Vlatko Andonovski.
“Her profession was distinctive, and her success on the sector is one thing all present and future Nationwide Crew gamers ought to aspire to realize.”
Lloyd performed for 5 completely different nationwide crew head coaches, incomes 100 caps below Pia Sundhage and 124 below Jill Ellis.
“I’m grateful for all 5 head coaches I’ve performed for, as they’ve all helped mildew me into the participant I’ve change into over time,” Lloyd mentioned.