It’s strange to consider a United States women’s national team without Carli Lloyd, even if no one plays forever.
The 37-year-old playmaker has made nearly 300 appearances for the USWNT, scoring 123 times with 10 of those goals coming since the team won the 2019 World Cup in France.
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But Lloyd told Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl that the postponement of this summer’s Olympics to 2021 may have just given her an exit strategy.
While there’s still plenty of gas in the tank now, perhaps another year and one last major tournament will be enough (especially if she puts little mileage on the tires during this extended coronavirus break).
“I’ve had no date per se, in mind of officially retiring,” Lloyd continued. “I think in another year it probably will be the right time. Hopefully I continue to perform and make the Tokyo roster, and I would want nothing more than to win a gold medal with my teammates and fly off into the sunset.”
She also spoke candidly about the need for a culture change at U.S. Soccer, and her potential future as an NFL kicker. The entire podcast is here.
Lloyd has 20 first-place finishes with the USWNT including two World Cups and two Olympic golds, and she also won the FA Women’s Cup with Manchester City.
She’s the fourth-highest scorer in team history and only Christie Rampone and Christine Lilly have more caps.