USWNT legends pay tribute to Carli Lloyd on storied career

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USWNT legends paid tribute on Tuesday as one of their own, Carli Lloyd, appeared in her final international game.

Lloyd has had a storied career alongside storied players, who penned their gratitude to Lloyd for all she had done for the USWNT and U.S. soccer.

Brandi Chastain thanked Lloyd “for sharing your impeccable career full of skill, unapologetic desire and care for the USA crest!”

Mia Hamm, who sits one ahead of Lloyd on the all-time leading goal scorers list, congratulated her on a “historic career.”

“You have raised the standards for all,” she wrote.

Kristine Lilly shared a throwback featuring Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe, congratulating Lloyd on “a great career.”

Heather O’Reilly said Lloyd “earned” the right to enjoy her last game “with grit and focus and FIRE in your soul.”

“Have faith and peace that those around you will carry on that flame now because you showed them how,” she continued. “The team will forever be better because you were on it!”

Lloyd retired from the USWNT as the second-most capped player in team history with 316 appearances (behind Kristine Lilly’s 354). She is best known for showing up on the biggest stage, having scored the game-winning goals in two Olympics and her iconic hat trick in the 2015 World Cup Final.