Athlete Spotlight: Carli Lloyd

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Carli Lloyd on the field playing soccer

On October 26, 2021, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team played a game against the South Korea Women’s National Football Team. In the 66th minute, the iconic soccer veteran Carli Lloyd was subbed out, signifying the end of her soccer career. The crowd rose to give her a standing ovation, fans holding signs expressing their appreciation and adoration towards her. Carli Lloyd was a shining star on the USWNT for sixteen years and is admired by fans all over the world.

Carli Lloyd had been on the soccer field for decades. She began playing at the age of five. Throughout high school and college, she developed her skills and technique. Lloyd attended Rutgers University, where she played for the college soccer team. She and her teammates held the title of All-Big East First-Team four years in a row. 

While she played for the Scarlet Knights, Rutgers University’s sports teams, she was training in the Women’s Professional Soccer Development League. In 2008, two years after she graduated, she joined the official Women’s Professional Soccer League. She played for the Chicago Red Stars, Atlanta Beat, and Sky Blue FC (recently renamed NJ/NY Gotham FC). 

Also during her college years, she played for the Under-21 USWNT, the U.S. Women’s National Team. She had won the Nordic Cup four times. In 2005, Lloyd became an official member of the team, her first international game on July 10, 2005, against Ukraine. Since then, she has played as a midfielder and forward.

Lloyd has done so much for the USWNT. During her time on the team, they have won two FIFA World Cups, six Algarve Cups, three SheBelieves Cups, and two CONCACAF Championships. Along with this, she has won one Olympic bronze medal and two gold medals. 

Throughout her career on the team, she has played 316 games. She has had sixty-four assists, which is when one player passes the ball to another and they score a goal. Carli Lloyd has scored 134 goals, which is the third-most scored goal in a career of the USWNT, the record being 184 goals. 

Carli Lloyd was a dedicated and passionate player for the U.S. Women’s National Team for sixteen years. Fans were very disappointed when she walked off the field of her last game, but everyone was cheering and supporting the inspiring idol as she waved goodbye to her amazing career.