Carli Lloyd’s Retirement

Alexa Stein, Staff Writer

After three World Cups, four Olympics, 316 games, 134 goals scored, and 64 assists, New Jersey’s very own Carli Lloyd has retired from her professional soccer career.

     Carli Lloyd grew up in Delran, New Jersey, and she started playing soccer at the age of five. After playing college soccer for Rutgers University, she made her way to the U.S. Women’s National Team. With her 134 goals, she has scored the third most in the history of the team; her 316 caps is the second highest in team history. She appeared in the 2011, 2015, and 2019 World Cups, where the U.S. National Team took home the trophy to become back-to-back champions in 2015 and 2019. Lloyd is renowned for scoring a hat trick in the first sixteen minutes of the 2015 World Cup Final. Additionally, she scored the game-winning goals in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medal games. She has three Olympic medals—two gold and one bronze. Lloyd is a highly decorated athlete and played professionally until age thirty-nine.

     Lloyd is a role model and inspiration for so many athletes. She holds training sessions that young soccer players can attend, and she signs autographs and takes pictures with her fans. She loves to play in New Jersey and played several seasons with Sky Blue FC and Gotham FC, her professional club teams. She has left a strong legacy of hard work, determination, and leaving everything out on the field. Currently, Lloyd resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. After playing soccer for thirty-four years of her life, she is ready to move on to her next chapter. In her retirement, she plans on enjoying her vacations without doing workouts on the side. Additionally, she still wants to stay involved in professional soccer and continue to change the game for female athletes. Although her playing career is over, the impact she has on the game is far from it.