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USWNT star Lloyd hints at retirement after brace in bronze medal win vs Australia

The 39-year-old had a record day in what may be her last US appearance at a major tournament

US women’s international Carli Lloyd hinted at her resignation after her brace against Australia on Thursday earned her an Olympic bronze medal.

Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe scored two goals each in a 4-3 win over the Matildas and ended a disappointing tournament for the USWNT on a high level.

Lloyd, 39, admitted after the game that she could be on the verge of ending a career steeped in history that saw her win two gold medals, two world championships and now a bronze medal.

What would be said?

“I haven’t made an official announcement yet, but obviously I’m at the end of my career,” Lloyd said at the post-game press conference.

“Physically I feel really good, but at some point I’ll have to hang up my boots and live my life. I know my husband is longingly waiting for me to switch off because it’s been 17 years since I just grind.

“The drive to the game was different. I just thought about a lot of things and just wanted to do whatever I can to help this team get a medal.

“This is a medal, just a different color, but we’re going home with this medal and it’s really, really special.”

Solo ‘excited’ for Lloyd’s next chapter

Speak with gate on All of US: The US women’s soccer showsaid former USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo, she looks forward to her longtime teammate starting a new chapter.

“I’m really happy for Carli because she has sacrificed and missed so much in the last 20 years that she has dedicated her life to football,” said Solo.

“I think Carli is 39 years old and one of the best players in terms of fitness and strength on the US team. She could play for a few more years. I really, really think so.”

“I know she is a leader and I know she holds herself accountable in ways that not many players do. But to me, I’m happy that Carli is turning the page because she can finally do the things that she wanted. ” to do so long.

“She wanted to end her career on a high note and she deserved to end her beautiful, fantastic and record breaking career on a high note, but it doesn’t always happen that way. But she has many beautiful things to go home and one beautiful life in front of her. I am very happy that she is starting this journey. “

Lloyd is making history against Australia

Lloyd achieved two individual milestones on Thursday, becoming the USWNT’s top goalscorer at the Olympics with her 10th goal and the second most female player in the history of international football with her 312nd game.

To learn more about the USWNT’s performances at the Olympics and to hear from guests like Hope Solo, subscribe Goals Podcast “All Of Us: The US Women’s Soccer Show” wherever you listen to your podcasts.

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