#USWNT veteran Carli Lloyd to retire

Carli Lloyd to retire
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Carli Lloyd, the second-most capped player in world football history with 312 appearances and 128 goals for the USA, is to retire at the end of the year.

She could still gain another four international caps before then and will complete the NWSL campaign with NJ/NY Gotham FC.

The 39-year-old told ussoccer.com: “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.

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

USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski commented: “Carli Lloyd is a true legend. Her career was unique, and her success on the field is something all current and future National Team players should aspire to achieve. The way she approached her everyday training and career as a professional is truly impressive and I’ve been honoured to coach her.”

Lloyd played for the USA in three different decades, at four World Cups and in four Olympic Games.

While her club career has been almost entirely in the US, she did have a loan spell with Manchester City in 2017.

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