Carli Lloyd Reveals Retirement Plans

We recently found out that soccer has caused Carli Lloyd a lot of family drama and strained relationships over the years, but now she might be ready to put soccer aside and focus on her family. 

Lloyd revealed her retirement plans October 4 in a live Facebook chat. The World Cup champion said, “My plan is to play another cycle, so another World Cup and another Olympics and finish in 2020 in Tokyo, by that time, I’ll be 38, so I think that will be a good time to be finished and hopefully start a family.” 

Phew, that means we have four more years to watch Carli tear it up on the soccer field. That also gives us time to mentally prepare ourselves for her final game and goodbye. 

Lloyd has accomplished so much in the soccer world over the years. She's a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, and she was named FIFA Player of the Year in 2015. 

Lloyd also currently plays for the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League. 


In 2016, Carli Lloyd was named captain along with Becky Sauerbrunn. A fan questioned Lloyd in the Facebook live chat about how she felt after being asked by head coach Jill Ellis to lead the U.S. team. She responded: “Honestly, it's something that I would have never imagined. I don’t consider myself this really vocal leader, but I consider myself a leader by example of what I do on and off the field, so when she asked me if I would have interest in this and that she wanted me to be captain, it was a pretty huge honor, and I wear that armband with pride and honor every time I set out on the field.”

The U.S. team is currently in a transition period, changing out some players as well as adding new players to the team. We are sad to see some players retire, but we look forward to seeing new faces and hope for positive results. 

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