The 39-year-old had a record day in what could have been her last American appearance at a major tournament
The American women’s team star, Carli Lloyd, alluded to her retirement after her fight against Australia on Thursday helped her win an Olympic bronze medal.
Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe each scored twice in a 4-3 win over the Matildas, culminating in a disappointing tournament for the USWNT.
Lloyd, 39, admitted after the match that she could call near the time for a career in which she won two gold medals, two World Cups and now a bronze medal.
What was said?
“I have not made any official announcement yet, but I am clear at the end of my career,” Lloyd said during the post-match press conference.
“Physically I feel really good, but at some point I have to hang up my boots and lead life. I know my husband is eagerly waiting for me to switch off because it’s been 17 years since I just scratched away.
‘The ride to the game was different. I just thought of a lot of things and just wanted to do everything possible to help this team win a medal.
“It’s a medal, just a different color, but we’m going home with the medal and it’s really very special.”
Solo ‘excited’ for Lloyd’s next chapter
Talk to Purpose on Everyone from the USA: The American Women’s Soccer Show, former USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo said she’s excited to see her longtime teammate start a new chapter.
“I’m very excited for Carli because she’s sacrificed so much in the last 20 years to dedicate her life to football and she’s missed a lot,” said Solo.
‘I think Carli is currently one of the best players in terms of fitness and strength on the American team at 39 years old. She can go a few more years. I really believe that.
“I know she’s a leader and I know she’s holding herself accountable in a way that not many players do. But for me I’m excited that Carli is changing the page because she can finally do the things she likes. wanted to do so long.
‘She wanted to end her career on a high note, and she deserved to end her beautiful, fantastic, record career on a high note, but it does not always happen that way, but she’s very nice to go home and a beautiful life before her. I’m so excited she can start the journey. “
Lloyd makes history vs Australia
Lloyd reached a number of individual milestones on Thursday, with the tenth goal of the USWNT at the Olympics becoming the USWNT and also the second player in the history of international football with her 312th appearance.
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