Carli Lloyd played her last match for the U.S. Women’s National soccer team on Tuesday. It was the 316th match of her career. Emotions flowed at Allianz Field in Minnesota and the team won 6-0 against South Korea.
Carli Lloyd walked for the final time in the field in the 65th minute of the game. Carli wore a jersey with her married name “Hollins” to recognize her husband’s support and the next chapter of her life. She attended the program ceremony with her family on the field and another postgame ceremony for a final speech and mic drop. She is retiring with the fourth all-time goal in the world and the second-most appearances in history.
In her final match, Carli Lloyd started the match with the captain’s armband. But she didn’t play the full match. She was subbed out and taken off in the 65th minute of the match.”The change was predetermined, She knew about what time she was going to come out.”
USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski said “There were two reasons: I wanted her to enjoy the last moment and share it with the fans. And the other thing was that we did want to see Alex (Morgan) on the field, as well. And she showed why we wanted to see her on the field. She could score goals and help us win games.”
Hollins, Lloyd’s husband saw her married name on the back of her jersey. She said later why she wanted to wear that in her final match. She said, “A lot of thought went into that, I just wanted to do something really kind of powerful. My husband had no idea. He said I brought tears to his eyes.”
Lloyd said, “It means the world to me because for so long — we’ve been dating for 21 years — he’s just been riding this journey with me, supporting me every step of the way and he hasn’t complained once. I couldn’t have done this journey without him. So to leave the field one last time with the Lloyd jersey on my back and then to go off as Hollins, I think that’s sort of a tribute to the next chapter. The next chapter is going to be about Brian and me and I think that’s special.”
Lloyd will play the two regular-season matches in the NWSL with Gotham FC on October 28. After the playoff run, she will call an end to her club football career. She is planning to have a perfect family life after her retirement.