Carli Lloyd plays final USWNT game as tributes pour in

Jamie Spencer
Carli Lloyd has brought her USWNT career to an end after 316 appearances
Carli Lloyd has brought her USWNT career to an end after 316 appearances / Brad Smith/ISI Photos/GettyImages

USWNT legend Carli Lloyd played made her 316th and final appearance for the team in a 6-0 thrashing of South Korea on Tuesday night.

Lloyd, a two-time World Cup winner, two-time FIFA women’s player of the year and two-time Olympic gold medalist, announced her plan to retire after the October series of games earlier this year to end a senior international career than began in 2005.

The 39-year-old, who will also wrap up her club career with NJ/NY Gotham at the end of the current NWSL season, played just over an hour of the contest against South Korea in Minnesota.

When her number came up on the substitutes board, Lloyd was given a standing ovation. She took off her boots on the pitch, hugged her teammates and even removed her shirt to reveal a second jersey underneath which had her married name, Hollins, on the back.

When announcing her retirement plans in summer, Lloyd had mentioned wanting to spend more time with her family and particularly her husband, Brian Hollins.

Joined by her teammates, an emotional Lloyd addressed the crowd on the pitch after the game.

“34 years playing this beautiful game, it has been an honor,” she said. “I have been absolutely grateful for every opportunity when I stepped onto the field and I hope that you I gave it everything I had for every single one of you [fans].

“Thank you to everybody who has played a role in my journey. I can’t thank you enough. 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.”

Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady was among those who paid tribute to Lloyd and her career in a series a short videos shared by the USWNT’s official Twitter account.

“I wanted to congratulate you on an incredible career,” Brady said. “You played 17 amazing seasons professionally and your career is truly legendary. Enjoy your retirement, take care, and best of luck in the future.”

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