She will also end the remainder of the National Women’s Soccer League season with NJ / NY Gotham FC before hanging up her boots.
“When I started with the national team in 2005, my two main goals were to be the most complete soccer player possible and to help the team win championships. Lloyd said in a statement Monday.
“Every day that I stepped onto the pitch I played like 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 on top for so long. “
Lloyd is one of four international footballers to have played 300 or more times for her country.
With 312 caps under five different coaches, the USWNT has an overall record of 257-17-38, an 88% winning percentage.
Lloyd has appeared for the United States in three different decades, at four World Cups and four Olympics.
She has played 25 World Cup games and 22 Olympic games, overtaking Lilly for most games played by a USWNT player at world championship events.
Lloyd has won the FIFA Women’s World Cup twice and won two Olympic gold medals, most recently a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after the USWNT beat Australia.
One of her highlights came in the 2015 World Cup final as she scored a hat-trick in the first half on her way to the USWNT’s 5-2 victory over Japan. She will win the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.
My journey has been difficult
Lloyd has played international matches with over 100 different teammates, calling them “mostly family over the years”.
“The number of days we spend together on the road is more than the time we spend with our own families and loved ones,” she said.
“We were able to share some amazing moments together on and off the pitch, and we also shared some heartbreaking moments. I’m just grateful for the ups and downs because that’s what helped us grow as a people, players and as a team.
“I will always be grateful for the friendships I made along the way and for the fact that I was able to play and compete with the best players in the world.”
Lloyd had this weird gift of being able to raise her level of play when it really mattered, scoring in all three Olympic medal games she played.
She scored the game-winning goals in the gold medal match at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics while also scoring twice against Australia in their final Olympic game earlier this month.
His 128 career goals are the fourth all-time in U.S. history and the fifth all-time in world history.
“Through all the goals, trophies, medals and championships I have won, what I’m most proud of is that I was able to stay without apologizing,” said Lloyd.
“My journey has been difficult, but I can honestly say that I have remained true to myself, my teammates, my coaches, the media and the fans throughout my career and that is what I am the more proud.
“Everyone sees the great times, but I cherished the work behind the scenes and the adversity I had to overcome to get to these great times.”
Lloyd has been named two-time American Football Player of the Year and two-time FIFA Player of the Year.
Current USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski has called Lloyd a “true legend”.
“His career was unique and his success on the pitch is something all current and future national team players should aspire to achieve. The way she approached her daily training and her professional career is truly impressive and I was honored to coach her. . “
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