USWNT puts on a show in Carli Lloyd’s final game

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The United States women’s national soccer team said goodbye to Carli Lloyd on Tuesday night, sending her off with one more win, a 6-0 defeat of Korea Republic at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minn.

It was a statement victory for the USWNT after they drew with Korea Republic 0-0 last Thursday, bringing the team’s 22-game home winning streak to an end.

Lindsey Horan, who will wear Lloyd’s No. 10 in the forward’s retirement, got the USWNT on the board first with a deflected shot off of a South Korean player in the ninth minute.

An own goal in the 45th minute off of an Andi Sullivan header put the USWNT up 2-0 heading into the half.

In the 69th minute, Megan Rapinoe delivered a dazzling outside-of-the-foot pass to Alex Morgan in the 6-yard box, who slotted it between the legs of the Korean goalkeeper to make it 3-0.

Rapinoe drilled one into the top of the net for a goal of her own in the 85th minute.

With the clock winding down, Rose Lavelle kept the pressure on Korea Republic’s defense. The midfielder tallied another one in the 89th minute to give the U.S. a 5-0 lead.

Finally, in stoppage time, Lynn Williams finished a through-ball from Tobin Heath to put an exclamation point on the 6-0 win.

In the 65th minute, Alex Morgan subbed on for Lloyd, who made her way off the field to chants of “Thank you, Carli!”

She removed her cleats for the final time, after a 17-year career wearing the U.S. crest. She then peeled off her jersey, revealing one underneath with her married name, “Hollins,” on the back.

“It has been an honor,” Lloyd said postgame. “I have been absolutely grateful for every opportunity that I have stepped out on this field. I hope that you know that I gave it everything I had for every single one of you.

“Thank you to everybody who has played a role in my journey, I can’t thank you enough.”