Lloyd is still in fine form as she scored five goals in the US’ friendly against Paraguay
UWSNT legend Carli Lloyd said having a family played a part in her decision to retire from football.
The two-time Olympics gold medallist and World Cup winner announced in August she would be hanging up her boots in the autumn.
Egter, Lloyd, 39, has continued her good form – present throughout her career – in the US’ recent friendlies as she scored five goals in the team’s 9-0 victory over Paraguay.
When asked why she doesn’t keep going and replicate the likes of 43-year-old NFL star Tom Brady, sy het vertel Doel: 'Wel, Tom Brady doesn’t have to have kids, that’s the one thing for starters! My husband, Brian, and I are eventually going to start a family so the clock’s kind of ticking on that.
“I don’t think every athlete gets the opportunity to dictate when they go out, to dictate if they’re happy or not, to dictate if they’re on top or not. I’ve always wanted my career to be dictated on me making the decisions. This just felt time for me.
“It gets to be a little tiring, jy weet? Being away from home, the travel and, to be quite honest, having to stay at the top and prove people wrong. It is exhausting. It takes endless work, day in and day out and I’m just ready to kind of shift gears and start this next chapter and live my life and do a lot of things that I’ve put on hold for so many years.”