USWNT legend Carli Lloyd has announced that she will retire at the end of 2021. She has made more than 300 appearances for the national team. Her last game will be in the autumn and will continue to play for NJ/NY Gotham FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. Lloyd has scored 128 goals in her career after making her debut in 2005.

“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 USWNT legend Carli 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.”

Lloyd played her part in four World cups as well as in the Olympic games. She scored her famous 17-minute hattrick against Japan in the 2015 World Cup final. Lloyd played a major part in defending their title in 2019. She was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2015.

“I would like to thank US Soccer for helping to provide the opportunities and memories that will last a lifetime. I am forever grateful to have represented the crest and to be able to play for my country for the last 17 years,” Lloyd added. “I will continue to support and cheer this team on and continue to find ways to help grow the game and inspire the next generation.”

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