USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski calls Carli Lloyd a ‘soccer icon’

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U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski had high praise for Carli Lloyd ahead of her final game with the USWNT.

“She’s a soccer icon everywhere in the world,” he said when speaking on what she has meant to the women’s game.

“If she was a male soccer player in Europe, we would have statues for her. Streets named after her… That’s how big she is.”

Andonovski added that he didn’t know if anyone could measure up to the career Lloyd has had for the USWNT, which includes two Olympic gold medals, two FIFA World Cup Championships, two FIFA World Player of the Year awards and sitting third all-time on the USWNT all-time goals list.

“Her career is remarkable,” he said. “I don’t know if that’ll ever be matched.”

He then added that Lloyd “extended the lifespan for professional athletes” and showed everyone that “age is just a number.”

Lloyd, for her part, said that though she often felt “misunderstood by teammates, coaches, fans, just about everyone,” she had “given everything I have to this team, day in and day out, every time.” Lloyd also released a first-person essay through the Players’ Tribune, entitled “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye.”

Lloyd will play in her final USWNT game Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.