Carli Lloyd won't change plans to retire, even after five-goal night

No, Carli Lloyd's five-goal night isn't going to entice her to reconsider her plans to retire from soccer at the end of the year.

“Maybe, for a split second,” Lloyd said when asked it on her post-game media call following the 9-0 win over Paraguay in Cleveland. “And then I go back to reality.”

Still, her performance was amazing -- five goals on 62 touches to tie the USA's single-game scoring record. Four came in the first 38 minutes, the fifth came in the 61st minute.

Lloyd, who turned 39 in July, said she didn't know about the record chase until one of her coaches mentioned it to her at halftime. She was then asked if she remembered anyone else who scored five goals in a game. Of the eight others, she could only name Sydney Leroux, who scored five goals in a 13-0 over Guatemala in Olympic qualifying in January 2012.

None of them did it at the age of 39.

In June, Lloyd (then-38 years and 332 days old) became the oldest player to score a goal for the USA in a 4-0 win over Jamaica, her 125th goal in 302 international matches. Since then, her scoring rate has almost doubled with eight goals in 11 games.

Lloyd's 133 goals moved her in front of Kristine Lilly for third place on the U.S. career list behind only Abby Wambach with 184 goals and Mia Hamm with 158. Christine Sinclair holds the world record with 187 goals.

“She’s an absolute legend, just being on the field, she’s a threat, no matter who we play, when we play, where we play,” U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “Her mentality is something that’s unseen. She’s just hungry for scoring goals, just hungry to get better, and whether we play for a medal or we play Paraguay, it makes no difference. She wants to score goals.”

Lloyd, whose two goals proved to be the difference for the USA in its 4-3 win over Australia in the bronze-medal game at the Olympics, has just three games left in her international career. She said she savored everything about Thursday's game before more than 14,000 fans.

"I think I heard everything the crowd said tonight," she said. "I've blocked everything out of my career. It's that laser focus where you block out everything."

Photo: Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire

8 comments about "Carli Lloyd won't change plans to retire, even after five-goal night".
  1. Santiago 1314, September 17, 2021 at 10:16 a.m.

    That Header was AS GOOD or Better than any Man could Do.!!!.... If anyone Deserves Not Just "Equal Pay" but BETTER PAY Than Mens Team,  It's Carli Lloyd.!!!

  2. Radwan Muscat replied, September 17, 2021 at 1:10 p.m.

    Wow, 5 goals against minnows Paraguay. Superb

  3. Bob Ashpole, September 17, 2021 at 11:26 a.m.

    She reminds me of Akers, and that is high praise.

  4. Wooden Ships replied, September 17, 2021 at 3:16 p.m.

    Me too Bob, she's a throwback and I'll miss watching her. 

  5. John Elliot, September 17, 2021 at 12:46 p.m.

    She has always had both high positives and high negatives in her play. I was extremely happy when she was removed from the central midfield (that is a major reason the US won in 2015) and I will be glad when she retires. 

  6. Nick Gabris replied, September 17, 2021 at 1:41 p.m.

    Give me a break! Anyone can score five goals when there is no competition. One way to pad your numbers.

  7. Wooden Ships replied, September 17, 2021 at 3:20 p.m.

    Goodness you and Nick sound bitter. Did she turn you down for dates? 

  8. Bob Ashpole replied, September 19, 2021 at 4:24 a.m.

    John, almost the entire soccer world credits Lloyd for the US winning the cup in 2015 for her dominance of the central midfield. Not only was she widely praised, but also selected as the 2015 FIFA player of the year largely for his world cup performance. 

    The TV broadcast listed Lloyd as a forward in a 442, and the US did play a classic 442 defense with Lloyd up top. But when the US was in possession Lloyd played a classic 10 role, i.e., central attacking midfielder. (Being up top in a 442 defense is also a classic 10 role).

    My guess is that you are misunderstanding people's comments about Ellis moving away from the use of target forwards. Either that or you are thinking of 2019.

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