Carli Lloyd bid farewell to the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) during an emotional friendly on Tuesday, at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a 6-0 win over South Korea.
Lindsey Horan and So-Hyun Cho’s own goal gave the Americans a two-goal lead in the first half.
Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Rose Lavelle, and Lynn Williams scored four goals in the second half to complete the rout.
Carli Lloyd who played her last game for America started the game and played for 66 minute before being replaced by Alex Morgan.
After the team’s 6-0 victory, the two-time World Cup champion gave an emotional farewell speech, letting fans know the future of women’s soccer is very bright.
“You will not see me on the field, but you best believe that I will be around helping this game grow,” said Lloyd.
“It’s been emotional. But there’s just a sense of peace and contentment that I feel — it’s just joy and happiness,” she added. “It’s been an amazing journey and I gave it all I had, and now I can walk away into the next chapter.”
Lloyd honored Hollins on Tuesday with a jersey swap displaying her transition into the next chapter of life. She removed her No. 10 Lloyd jersey while on the field, to expose a jersey with Hollins’ name on the back.
“We will all have a lot more time to spend together now, and especially with my husband Brian [Hollins], who has been my rock and biggest support system for all these years.”
Lloyd announced her plan to retire in August, having noted that she would finish out the remainder of the National Women’s Soccer League season — which concludes next month — with NJ/NY Gotham FC.
Lloyd, 39, ranks second in the world for most-ever international appearances after having played in 315 career games. She has scored 134 goals with the U.S., third most in the history of the women’s team.