Carli Lloyd speaks out ahead of homecoming game


Ahead of her homecoming game in Philadelphia, Carli Lloyd spoke out about the allegations of misconduct against former Courage coach Paul Riley that have rocked the NWSL.

On Tuesday, Lloyd addressed celebrating her homecoming Wednesday amid the league’s reckoning over widespread accusations of harassment.

“I’m honored to play in front of my hometown fans one last time,” Lloyd told The Inquirer. “I’m trying to enjoy this moment with my teammates, family and friends and appreciate everything this sport has given me. At the same time, we cannot ignore what’s happened this past week.

“We need to speak out and demand better for ourselves and the generations after us. They deserve it. We all deserve it.”

It will be one of three games the NWSL plays Wednesday night in the wake of the scandal. The league decided to forego playing over the weekend in order to address the issues.

Lloyd and Gotham FC are set to take on the Washington Spirit at 7 p.m. ET.