National Team Legend and Gotham FC forward Carli Lloyd announced she will retire at the conclusion of the 2021 NWSL Season.
“As I near the end of my career, being able to close it out in New Jersey is truly special. I want to thank Gotham FC for continuing to push the barriers to make this club one of the best,” said Lloyd.
In her twelve years in the professional soccer, Lloyd has played for six clubs in the United States and even had a short stint on loan to Manchester City in 2017. On the international stage, she will leave the game as the second-most capped player in international soccer history with currently 312 caps to her name prior to the USWNT friendlies in September and October.
Lloyd, who is three games shy short of 100 NWSL caps will return to her home club Gotham FC this week in preparation for their upcoming two-game roadtrip to the Pacific Northwest.
“Carli has an unmatched mentality and determination to succeed that has made her one of the world’s elite players. Since my time at Gotham FC, she has been incredible to work with. She works tirelessly in training, scores absolute belters, and will always show up on the biggest occasions with goals. As she closes this chapter on her career and takes her next steps, I want to wish her continued success and feel very proud to have worked with one of the best,” said Gotham FC Head Coach Freya Coombe.
NWSL Championship The Missing Piece for Carli Lloyd
Returning to Gotham FC, Lloyd wants to accomplish the one thing missing from her long list of achievements: winning an NWSL Championship.
“To my coaching staff, support staff, and owners, thank you for everything you have done for all of us. To my teammates, I love you all and it has been an incredible journey being able to play with you and share the field together. Let’s continue to make this push to win an NWSL Championship!" said Lloyd.
Carli Lloyd's final regular season match will take place October 31 when Gotham FC takes on Racing Louisville FC.