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USWNT Legend, Carli Lloyd, Announces International Retirement

On Monday, Carli Lloyd, two-time Women’s World Cup winner, officially announced her retirement from the U.S. women’s national team. She is the second-most-capped woman to ever play the sport, with 128 goals and two Olympic gold medals.

Lloyd, 39, will play in two USWNT friendlies in September and two in October before hanging up her American uniform. Though she will play out the rest of the National Women’s Soccer League with her club, NY/NJ Gotham FC, before officially retiring from the sport, in which she played for 12 years, and on six clubs.

Her 128 international goals are the fourth most in USWNT history, she holds the team record for most Olympic goals with 10, and her impressive eight hat tricks have her tied with Mia Hamm for the most USWNT hat tricks.

She and Hamm are also the only Americans to win the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Award twice, Lloyd getting them in 2015 and 2016. Lloyd’s 312 international caps put her second all-time in the U.S. and the world behind only Kristine Lily, who had 354 international caps. She is also one of the only four intentional soccer players to play 300 or more times for her country.

In a news release, Lloyd said, “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.”

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