As we prepare for a legend in U.S. soccer to retire today in her last game versus the Korea Republic with the United States Women’s National Team, let’s take a moment to go through ten moments in Carli Lloyd’s long and successful career to recognize all that she’s done during her career.
- College Career with the Rutgers
Carli Lloyd attended Rutgers University from 2001-2004. She was named First-Team All-Big East for four straight years- the first athlete at Rutgers to accomplish this. Lloyd ended her career as Rutgers’ all-time leader in points (117), goals (50), and shots. An impressive statistic that shines a little bit of light to the greatness she would achieve for the USWNT!
9. 1st International Cap
Carli Lloyd started her illustrious career with the United States Women’s National Team on July 10th, 2005 against the Ukraine WNT. She scored her first goal for the USWNT on October 1st, 2006.
8. NWSL Semifinal Match vs Sky Blue 2013
The Western New York Flash advanced to the NWSL Championship game off of a 2-0 win vs Sky Blue with both goals being scored by Carli, the first being in the 33rd minute and the second coming in stoppage time.
7. 2019 Women’s World Cup
Became the first player to score in six straight Women’s World Cup matches. The first four games came in the round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final of the 2015 Women’s World Cup. The second two came in the group stage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Despite not starting and playing as much in the 2019 Women’s World Cup, this is an impressive accomplishment that shouldn’t be ignored!
6. First Career Hat Trick
In the Olympic qualifiers in 2012, Lloyd scored her first career hat trick in a 4-0 win versus Mexico. She then won player of the match!
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5. 100th International Cap
In the UEFA-Concacaf play off, she earned her 100th cap in the playoffs. She played every minute of the series and scored 3 goals with five assists.
4. 2008 Olympic Gold Medal Run
Lloyd scored two goals during the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal run. She scored the game-winning goal in the defeat versus Japan in the group stage of the tournament and in the game-winning goal in overtime against Brazil to help win the gold medal.
3. 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Run
In this 2012 Olympics, Carli became the only player in history (of either gender) to score the game-winning goal in two separate Olympic gold medal matches. Her first was in the Beijing 2008 Final against Brazil and the second was in the 2-1 win over Japan for gold in 2012.
2. 300th International Cap
Becoming only the third player (after Kristine Lilly and Christie Pearce) to achieve this, Lloyd earned her 300th cap on April 10th, 2021, in a friendly vs. Sweden. She has scored 128 times for the USWNT, another impressive number to go along with her 300 international caps.
- 2015 Women’s World Cup Hat Trick
A moment everyone remembers- The 2015 Women’s World Cup Final hat trick in the first 16 minutes of the game. Carli Lloyd became first woman to score a hat trick in a World Cup final and the first player, male or female, to do so since Geoff Hurst in 1966.
Carli Lloyd, Vancouver BC on July 5th, 2015. Fastest hat trick in a World Cup final! pic.twitter.com/CX0nAgbUtm— Erik Khazoyan ↙️↙️↙️ (@Ekhazoyan) April 24, 2019
Anybody who follows the USWNT didn’t have a dry eye a few days ago when Carli Lloyd announced that she would be passing the number 10 jersey to Lindsey Horan. A super special moment for both players!
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