For the third time in her career, Carli Lloyd returns home to New Jersey with a medal from the Olympic games.
Her appearance in the bronze medal match with Australia put her in second place all-time in appearances for the USWNT and in international soccer, women's or men's, with 312 appearances. She trails only Kristine Lilly's 354 appearances.
Lloyd would get her scoring started late in the first half when she would take a pass from Lindsey Horan and placed a left footed shot to the opposite post for her first goal of the match. She would score again early into the second half in the 51st minute, when she would take advantage of a defensive miscommunication by Australia and place the ball between the keeper's legs into the back of the net to earn her brace.
With her brace, Carli Lloyd has scored in every Olympic Medal match she has played in.
"We still had so much to play for, because not every Olympian comes home with a medal, no matter what color it is. It is something that is truly, truly special to be standing on the podium, whatever level you are on. It's remarkable and I'm really proud of the resilience of this team, the fight, the mentality we came out with and the performance. This was probably our hardest task, this game and we defied the odds and we came out, played together, scored some great goals, and this is special. It's not gold, it's bronze, but it's really special, " said Lloyd.
Catch Carli Lloyd on the Pitch
Those wishing to see Olympian Carli Lloyd back on the pitch won't have to wait long as she'll return to her club team NJ/NY Gotham FC in the coming weeks. NJ/NY Gotham FC returns to action at Red Bull Arena this Sunday, August 15th against Racing Louisville FC at 5pm on Paramount+.