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Carli Lloyd set to make final USWNT appearance tonight

The end of the Carli Lloyd era in US Soccer is upon us. Back in August, the USWNT legend announced that she would finish her international career with four friendlies in September and October. The last of those friendlies will take place tonight.

The USWNT will take on South Korea at Allianz Field in Minnesota. Kick off for the game is at 8:00 pm EST. It will be one last celebration of Lloyd’s storied career.

Carli Lloyd with the USWNT

Tonight will be Carli Lloyd’s 316th appearance for the senior national team. In her previous 315 caps Lloyd has scored 134 goals for the Stars and Stripes.

There is no shortage of superlatives that apply to what Carli Lloyd has accomplished with the United States. Simply put, Lloyd always showed up when it mattered most. The fact that she is a two time Olympic Gold Medalist and a two time World Cup Champion attests to that. 

However, the signature game that Lloyd will be best remembered for is probably the 2015 World Cup Final. With the United States taking on Japan at BC Place in Vancouver, Lloyd put the team on her back.

She scored an incredible hat trick in the first 16 minutes. Not only was the hat trick the quickest in World Cup history, but Lloyd capped it off with an incredible strike from the halfway line. With the achievement Lloyd became just the second person on the planet to score a hat trick in a World Cup Final, following in the footsteps of Geoff Hurst in 1966 for England.

Final Thoughts

There is simply no question that Carli Lloyd has established herself as one of the greatest players in US Soccer history over the course of her career. 

All that’s left is for her to enjoy the moment and take in praise from fans across the country. Who knows, perhaps she will even score a send off goal.

Based on her record in the past, it would not be wise to bet against it. 

Featured image courtesy of @USWNT.

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