Carli Lloyd

Carli Lloyd is making a case to start for the USWNT in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In newly-minted head coach Vlatko Andonovski’s first game with the team, the 37-year-old recorded two goals and an assist to lead the USWNT past rival Sweden 3-2.
The two-time FIFA Player of the Year has been outspoken about deserving more playing time than she received during the 2019 World Cup and has hinted that she would consider quitting if her role heading into the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo isn’t commensurate with her expectations.
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Carli Lloyd is undoubtedly a US Women’s National Team (USWNT) legend, but does the fourth all-time leading scorer in the team’s history still have what it takes to start for the world’s best squad at 37 years old?

Carli Lloyd certainly thinks so. And she backed that confidence up with a stunning pair of goals and an assist in the USWNT’s 3-2 win over rival Sweden in newly-minted head coach Vlatko Andonovski’s first game with the team.

She netted the first score just six minutes into Thursday night’s grudge match. Fellow forward Christen Press made a stunning run up the flank and sent a one-touch pass across the box that Lloyd delivered to the corner of the goal in stride.

06.20.19 – USA goal in the third minute.
11.07.19 – USA goal in the sixth minute.@CarliLloyd + @ChristenPress doing the lord’s work and giving us things we LIKE to see. pic.twitter.com/mwzq1XlP63

— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) November 8, 2019

Lloyd returned the favor to Press just over 20 minutes later, assisting on the 30-year-old’s 50th international goal.

Not only did we get that classic @ChristenPress speed 💨 and epic moves ⚡️on this, but it also marked her 50th international goal so overall we are blessed. pic.twitter.com/JCTs6c08ZE

— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) November 8, 2019

And in the 31st minute, Lloyd lofted a beautiful chip over the Swedish keeper’s head and into the back of the net to extend the United States’ lead to three and extend her international goal count to a whopping 120.

Once @CarliLloyd gets hot, it’s impossible to stop her.

Case in point: 2 goals + an assist in 31 minutes 👑 pic.twitter.com/qlyyGj7xWJ

— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) November 8, 2019

The two-time World Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA Player of the Year has been outspoken about deserving more playing time than she received during the 2019 World Cup. On ESPN’s ‘Laughter Permitted’ podcast, Lloyd told host Julie Foudy that the USWNT’s historic run in France was “absolutely the worst time of my life.”

“It was hard. I’m not going to lie and sugarcoat it,” Lloyd said. “It was absolutely the worst time in my life. It affected my relationship with my husband, with my friends. It really was the rock bottom of my entire career.”

“It sucked. It absolutely sucked,” she …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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Carli Lloyd scored 2 goals in Vlatko Andonovski’s first USWNT game as head coach, and the performance could support her bid to start at the 2020 Olympics

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