USWNT's Carli Llloyd, two-time Women's World Cup winner, announces international retirement

Two-time Women’s World Cup winner Carli Lloyd officially announced her retirement from the U.S. women’s national team on Monday, putting an end to a storied career as the second-most capped player in world soccer history with128 international goals.

She will retire from international play after the USWNT fall friendlies and from club play at end of the NWSL season.

The 39-year-old had hinted at her retirement following the Olympics. She will 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.

She 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.

Lloyd, along with Megan Rapinoe, scored a pair of goals to beat Australia 4-3 in the United States’ bronze medal in women’s soccer at the Tokyo Olympics.

“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.” Lloyd said in a news release. “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 began her career a few days before she turned 23 when she debuted against the Ukraine in Portland, Ore. She has 312 caps, which is second all-time in U.S. and world history behind only Kristine Lilly (354). Lloyd is one of just four international soccer players to play 300 or more times for her country.

Her 128 career international goals are fourth most in USWNT history. She holds the team record for most Olympic goals (10) and is third in team history for most WWC goals (also 10) Lloyd is also tied with Mia Hamm for most USWNT hat tricks with eight.

“I would like to thank U.S. 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,” said Lloyd. “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.

“To end my career knowing my family was able to be by my side and share this last chapter with me could not have been any more special. We will all have a lot more time to spend together now, and especially with my husband Brian, who has been my rock and biggest support system for all these years. We are both looking forward to starting this next chapter of our lives without my everyday grind of training and playing, but I will most likely need to another outlet for my competitiveness! Perhaps that will be golf?”

Lloyd played for five different USWNT head coaches, scoring multiple goals under all of them. She earned 124 caps under Jill Ellis and 100 under Pia Sundhage.

“I am thankful for all five head coaches I have played for as they have all helped mold me into the player I have become over the years,” said Lloyd. “We shared some amazing moments and also some challenging moments but all of it is what has made my journey so special and rewarding.”

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