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“Greatest Woman Soccer Player” to Retire

INTERNATIONAL: Carli Lloyd, said to be the greatest woman football player ever to grace the game, has announced her retirement. U.S. Soccer says four friendly matches - two in September and two in October - will be Lloyd's final games in a U.S. shirt. Carli Lloyd will also play the remainder of the National Women's Soccer League season with NJ/NY Gotham FC.

When she does hear the final whistle on her career in October, she’ll have played for six teams across 12 years. The highlight of her career was undoubtedly beating Japan to win the Women’s World Cup in 2019, with that celebration effectively capping a glittering career. The trophy stayed with her as she led her team on a victory tour across the US, playing South Korea in Chicago and she’ll no doubt never forget that gold medal match against Japan at the London Olympics back in 2012.

39-year-old Lloyd, twice named FIFA’s Women's Player of the Year, became the second-most capped player in world soccer history, appearing 312 times for her country.



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