Thursday night in Ohio, the U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) faced a young Paraguay team in the first of two friendlies, with the second to be played on Tuesday, September 21. The USWNT scored nine goals and conceded none. Carli Lloyd, who scored five of those nine goals, is now the 9th player to ever score five goals in a single match. No player has ever scored six goals, and it seemed evident that Lloyd was once again trying to make history. Although she did not manage a 6th goal, fellow national team player and New Jersey native Tobin Heath was able to score a goal just minutes after coming on as a second-half substitution.
With Thursday's five goals, Carli Lloyd becomes the third highest goal scorer of all time for the U.S. Women's National Team. This game marks the first in the final four games that Lloyd is scheduled to play with the USWNT before retiring. Lloyd received high praise during the match for her performance, including from the crowd who could be heard singing her name after she scored her fifth goal.
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) September 17, 2021
In 2015, Carli Lloyd made history when she scored a hat-trick in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final against Japan, leading the team to a 5-2 win over Japan. From her first appearance for the USWNT in 2005, Lloyd has continued to set and break records. Although she announced her retirement last month after winning the bronze medal with the USWNT, Lloyd will end her career by finishing the season with NJ/NY Gotham FC. Lloyd's retirement truly marks the end of an era for the women's soccer in the United States.
— NJ/NY Gotham FC (@GothamFC) September 17, 2021
How to Watch Carli Lloyd Final Matches
In addition to next Tuesday's match-up against Paraguay, the USWNT is also scheduled to play two friendlies against South Korea on October 21 and October 26. Match and ticket information can be found at ussoccer.com. Carli Lloyd can also be seen at two final matches at Red Bull Arena with Gotham FC on September 25 and October 31. Her official retirement game will be played on October 6 at Subaru Park in Chester, PA. Ticket information for Gotham FC matches can be found at gothamfc.com.