SA football legend Carli Lloyd has announced her upcoming retirement from football.
The 39-year-old forward announced on Monday through her club NJ / NY Gotham FCon that this fall, following the conclusion of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season and the final friendly matches with the United States, they will have time for an illustrious career becomes national team.
With 312 international appearances for the USA since 2005, Lloyd is behind his compatriot Kristine Lilly on the list of the highest international appearances of all time in women’s football.
128 international goals occupied next to the German Birgit Prinz the fifth place of all time, behind the Canadian icon Christine Sinclair and the US trio Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm and Lilly.
Her list of career silver medals includes two world championships (2015 and 2019) and scored an incredible 16-minute hat trick in the 2015 final against Japan in Vancouver.
Lloyd also has two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012) and four SheBelieves Cup titles, as well as a host of other trophies and individual awards, including the 2015 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Award and the 2016 Best FIFA Player Award.
Lloyd was part of the US team that took bronze at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month in semi-final shock.
The New Jersey native and Rutgers University alumni Lloyd joined NJ / NY Gotham in 2018 after positions at Western New York Flash and Houston Dash.
She also spent some time on loan in England with Manchester City in 2016, scoring a goal in the FA Cup Final 4-1 win over Birmingham at Wembley.
“With my career near the end of my career, being able to complete it in New Jersey is very special,” said Lloyd.
“I would like to thank Gotham FC for continuing to break the barriers to make this club one of the best.”
She added, “I thank my team of coaches, support staff and owners for all that you have done for all of us.
“To my teammates, I love you all and it has been an incredible journey to play with you and share the field together. Let’s keep this pressure up to win a NWSL championship! “