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Carli Lloyd calls herself ‘definite no’ for USWNT coaching vacancy

Carli Lloyd does not have interest in coaching the U.S. Women's National Team. (Photo by Joy Malone/Getty Images)

Carli Lloyd, the U.S. women’s national team great turned Fox Sports analyst, made headlines during the 2023 World Cup for her frequent criticism of her former team. Lloyd also offered suggestions for what head coach Vlatko Andonovski could have done differently.

That doesn’t mean Lloyd has any interest in the USWNT’s head coaching vacancy, however. The two-time World Cup champion shut down the possibility in a post on X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter.

“A definite no,” she wrote of herself as a candidate. “Not qualified, no coaching licenses and no experience. They’ll land a good one. It’s important to get it right.”

Since retiring following the 2021 Olympics, in which the USWNT won bronze, Lloyd has been vocal about her beliefs on the state of the program.

Andonovski’s resignation has triggered speculation about his replacement, ranging from Lloyd to Tony Gustavsson, the Australian head coach and former USWNT assistant under Jill Ellis. Lluís Cortés and Laura Harvey also have been linked to the opening. Harvey, a former USWNT assistant, is currently the head coach of the NWSL’s OL Reign.

“I enjoyed my time at U.S. Soccer. That’s no doubt,” Harvey said. “The U.S. women’s national team is probably the top job in the world, if not a top three job in the world. That’s just reality. And if my name is anywhere near it, then that’s an honor.”

When asked about the opening, USWNT legend Brandi Chastain said she would “love to lead this national team some time in the future,” while acknowledging she is not yet ready for the job.

Whatever direction the USWNT decides to go in, there’s no doubt Lloyd will have an opinion – and she won’t be afraid to share it.

“They need a fresh start,” she wrote on X. “Someone who hasn’t been part of the program. Wouldn’t be wise to recycle coaches. Too much history.”