Carli Lloyd Finishes Career with USWNT with Win Over South Korea: 'I Gave It Everything I Had'
And that's a wrap.
Legendary soccer player Carli Lloyd ended her career with the United States women's national soccer team on Tuesday night, with a 6-0 win over South Korea. She walks away from the team after helping them win two women's World Cups during her storied career.
Lloyd, who announced in August plans to retire from soccer after finishing her remaining games for the USWNT and the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) this season, left the field to a standing ovation during the 66th minute of the game.
"I hope you know that I gave it everything I had for every single one of you," she told the crowd before the game, Yahoo! Sports reported. "Thank you to everybody who has played a role in my journey. I can't thank you enough. And that is it. I am signing off. You will not see me on the field, but you best believe that I will be around helping this game grow."
As she was subbed out for Alex Morgan during the game, the 39-year-old hugged her teammates and removed her jersey to reveal another jersey with the name of her husband, Brian Hollins.
"It's been emotional. But there's just a sense of peace and contentment that I feel — it's just joy and happiness," Lloyd said afterward, according to ESPN. "It's been an amazing journey and I gave it all I had, and now I can walk away into the next chapter."
"I'm excited to see the future of this team. I'm saying goodbye on the field, but I want to continue to help in any way possible," she added. "I'm going to be the biggest fan, biggest cheerleader, and I want to see this team continue to succeed."
Lloyd first announced her plans to retire with a statement shared by USWNT.
"When I first started out with the national team in 2005, my two main goals were to be the most complete soccer player I could be and to help the team win championships," she said in August. "Every single day I stepped out onto the field, I played as if it was my last game. I never wanted to take anything for granted, especially knowing how hard it is to get to the top, but even harder to stay at the top for so long."
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"My journey has been hard, but I can honestly say I've stayed true to myself, to my teammates, my coaches, the media and the fans throughout my entire career and that is what I am most proud of," she continued, in part. "Everyone sees the moments of glory, but I have cherished the work behind the scenes and the adversity that I've had to overcome to get to those glorious moments."
Lloyd represented the U.S. during the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Games. She won a bronze medal with the women's national team at the Tokyo Olympics, becoming the oldest American female to play in an Olympic soccer tournament.