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Top facts about Carli Lloyd, the princess

Carli Lloyd has always been compared to women's soccer legends such as Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and Kristine Lilly. Read on to find out more facts about Carli Lloyd, the legendary Team USA striker.

Carli Anne Hollins is a retired professional soccer player from the United States.

In the Olympic gold-medal games of the summers of 2008 and 2012, She scored the winning goals.

As a part of the team that finished second at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, Lloyd also helped the United States win titles in the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cups, as well as a bronze medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

In March 2021, she was named the highest-paid female football player in the world.

With 316 caps for the US national team, Lloyd is second of all time for the country. She also leads the ranking with the fourth and fifth most goals and assists for her nation.

On October 26, 2021, she played her final international game with the USWNT, just before announcing her retirement from  professional soccer at the conclusion of the 2021 NJ/NY Gotham FC campaign.

Top facts about Carli Lloyd

An important

fact about Carli Lloyd

is that she became the first player who scored 3 goals in a FIFA Women's World Cup final, and the second soccer player to achieve a hat-trick in any adult FIFA World Cup Final, following Geoff Hurst, during the United States' 5–2 victory against Japan in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final.

Lloyd netted 3 goals in the opening 16 minutes of the final, the first two coming within three minutes of each other in the first five minutes of the game. She was awarded the Golden Ball Trophy as the contest's top player, as well as the Silver Boot for her six goals and one assist.

In Women's Professional Soccer, she formerly featured for the Chicago Red Stars,

Sky Blue FC

, and Atlanta Beat (WPS). In the first campaign of the NWSL, she was assigned to the Western New York Flash and assisted her club capture the normal campaign title.

Another notable fact about Carli Lloyd is that she was moved to the Houston Dash before the 2015 season and then to Sky Blue before the 2018 season after 2 years with the Flash. When Nobody Was Watching, her book, was released in September 2016.

Carli Lloyd early life

Carli Lloyd was born in Delran Township, a rural town in South Jersey approximately 20 minutes northeast of Philadelphia. Regarding

Carli Lloyd’s childhood

, it should be mentioned that she started playing soccer when he was five years old.

Speaking about

Carli Lloyd’s parents

, it is worth mentioning that her mother, Pamela, said of her early introduction to soccer, "Carli was hanging out with the guys at that age since it was coed. She has always enjoyed music and shown a great deal of talent from an early age, but she has also always put in a lot of effort."

Lloyd has a sister called Ashley and a brother named Stephen. Lloyd was motivated to participate for the national team after seeing the first game of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Lloyd played soccer at Delran High School from 1997 to 2000, when she was coached by the late Rudy "The Red Baron" Klobach.

She was renowned as a high school player for her excellent ball control and ability to distribute the ball from the middle. She led her team to an 18–3 record in her senior year, scoring 26 goals and dishing out eight assists.

Carli Lloyd personal life

Lloyd resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, with her husband, golfer Brian Hollins. They tied the knot in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, on November 4, 2016. She graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies.

“From the minute we got married, I have been Mrs. Hollins everywhere except on the back of my jersey,” Lloyd commented on her retirement, “I'm excited. Excited to spend more time with my husband. We want to go on trips, we want to ski together. We want to just do all the things that I've had on hold.”

Lloyd and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be recognized with a ticker tape parade in New York City after the United States won the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Mayor Bill de Blasio gave each player a key to the city. President Barack Obama welcomed the squad at the White House in October of that year.

Carli Lloyd professional career

Lloyd traveled all over world with the National Team and was a part of two U.S. women’s professional leagues—playing for the Chicago Red Stars, Sky Blue, and Atlanta Beat in the WPS; then for the Western New York Flash, Houston Dash and Sky Blue FC in the NWSL.

Lloyd, one of the most impactful big-game player ever to feature for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, one of the greatest players in the storied history of the USWNT program, and the second-most capped player in world soccer history and scorer of 134 international goals, has recently announced her retirement.

Carli Lloyd club career

An important fact about Carli Lloyd is that she competed for the W-Central League's Jersey Splash in 1999, New Brunswick Power in 2000, and South Jersey Banshees in 2001 while still in high school.

Lloyd competed for the New Jersey Wildcats in the summer before her senior year at Rutgers, with colleagues Kelly Smith, Manya Makoski,

Tobin Heath

, and Heather O'Reilly. For the team, she only made one game.

Chicago Red Stars

A notable fact about Carli Lloyd is that her playing rights were assigned to the Chicago Red Stars in 2008, when Women's Professional Soccer brought back a top-flight women's professional soccer league to the United States.

Carli Lloyd started 14 of her 16 matches for Chicago during the league's first season, totaling 1,313 minutes on the field. She scored two goals, one in the 23rd minute of her squad's 4–0 victory against the Boston Breakers on April 25th, and the other in the 24th minute of a 3–1 loss to the Los Angeles Sol on August 2nd. With a 5–10–5 record, the Red Stars placed sixth in the league.

Sky Blue FC

Lloyd was designated a free agent after the season ended, and she signed with Sky Blue FC, her home state team and 2009 WPS winners, for the 2010 season.

Lloyd fell and fractured her ankle during a match against her old club, the Chicago Red Stars, in April 2010. Her injuries kept her off the field for the most of the season, but she did make two appearances in September.

Atlanta Beat

An important fact about Carli Lloyd is that she joined with Atlanta Beat, an expansion club, in December 2010 for the 2011 season. James Galanis, the head coach of the Beat, stated of her acquisition, "She is an excellent midfielder who is completely focused on the game. I've known her since she was in college, and I've had the chance to coach her and help her develop her game on an individual basis.

She has put in a lot of effort off the field to achieve her goals, and she will bring a high level of professionalism to the squad." Lloyd made 10 appearances for the Beat and scored two goals. On April 9, she scored the team's lone goal in a 4–1 loss against the Boston Breakers.

In a 2–2 tie against the Western New York Flash, her second goal of the season came in the 70th minute. With a record of 1–13–4, the Beat finished last in their debut season.

Western New York Flash

Lloyd was assigned to the Western New York Flash in the new National Women's Soccer League on January 11, 2013, as part of the NWSL Player Allocation.

A notable

fact about Carli Lloyd

is that she earned her Flash debut on May 12, 2013, in the team's 2–1 victory against FC Kansas City, after recuperating from a shoulder dislocation earlier in the year. She netted her first goal versus her old team, Sky Blue FC, in a 3–0 victory for the Flash.

Lloyd scored a hat trick to lead the Flash to a 4–0 victory against the Washington Spirit on June 28. Her effort earned her the title of NWSL Player of the Week.

Lloyd scored 10 goals in the 2013 season, which was the third highest in the league. The Flash won the regular season with a record of 10–4–8 and went to the playoffs.

Lloyd netted both of the Flash's game-winning goals in their semi-final encounter against Sky Blue FC: one in the 33rd minute and the other in stoppage time.

Her two goals helped the Flash to a 2–0 victory against the

Portland Thorns FC

, advancing them to the championship final. During the final, the Flash were defeated 2–0.

Houston Dash

An important fact about Carli Lloyd is that she was sent to the Houston Dash on October 16, 2014, in exchange for Becky Edwards, Whitney Engen, and a third-round selection in the 2016 NWSL College Draft.

2017 Manchester City (loan)

Lloyd signed Manchester City on loan for the FA WSL Spring Series in February 2017.

Manchester City

came second in the WSL Spring Series and claimed the FA Women's Cup in 2016–17, with Lloyd netting in the final.

Lloyd made her last appearance for City on May 21, when she was sent off for elbowing Annie Heatherson of Yeovil Town in the face. Her three-match suspension for aggressive behavior lasted the rest of her loan period.

Sky Blue FC/ NJ/NY Gotham FC 

Founded in 2006, NJ/NY Gotham FC is a professional women's soccer team. From 2008 to 2020, the team's name was Sky Blue FC.. The Dash transferred Lloyd and Janine Beckie to the Sky Blue FC in a three-team deal with the Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC on January 18, 2018.

An important fact about Carli Lloyd is that she scored four goals in 18 games for Sky Blue in 2018. On the last day of the 2018 NWSL season, she scored the game's lone goal in a 1–0 victory against the Orlando Pride. It was the season's first and only victory for Sky Blue. She was selected to the Second XI of the 2018 NWSL.

Carli Lloyd international career

An important fact about Carli Lloyd is that she played for the United States at the under-21 level before moving up to the senior squad when he was 23 years old.

She won the Nordic Cup four times as a member of the under-21 squad, in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, in Finland, Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden, respectively. She assisted in the United States' 1–0 victory against


in the first round of the 2003 Nordic Cup.

She started every match in the 2004 Nordic Cup, scoring two goals and providing one assist. The next year, she scored three goals at the 2005 Nordic Cup, including one in the final match against



On July 10, 2005, Lloyd earned her first game for the U.s women's national soccer squad versus Ukraine. On October 1, 2006, she scored her maiden international goal against Taiwan. Lloyd earned his third cap in the 2006 Four Nations Tournament.

At the 2006 Algarve Cup, she made her first two international appearances, beginning the group game versus Denmark and the final against Germany. She scored one goal in 19 games, starting 13 of them.

A notable

fact about Carli Lloyd

is that she netted 4 goals at the 2007 Algarve Cup after netting only one in her previous 24 appearances with the national squad. She was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after scoring the most points. Lloyd scored her first two goals for the national team in a 6–1 victory against

New Zealand


Lloyd competed in her first FIFA Women's World Cup competition the following year. The national team had not lost a game in normal time in almost three years going into the competition, and was considered a favorite to win the tournament in China. The United States tied North Korea 2–2 in their opening match of the competition.

On September 14, the squad played Sweden and won 2–0, with Abby Wambach scoring two goals. On September 18, the United States defeated the Nigerian women's national football team 1–0 to conclude group play.

On September 22, the United States defeated England 3–0 in the quarterfinals. Within 12 minutes, all three goals were scored. In the semi-final, the United States played Brazil in a contentious and game-changing encounter for the squad.

Coach Greg Ryan benched starter goalkeeper Hope Solo in favor of Brianna Scurry, a veteran goalkeeper who has been in three World Cups and two Olympics, but has only appeared in a few of games since the 2004 Olympics. Brazil beat the United States 4–0.

After the defeat, they were relegated to a final match against Norway, which they won 4–1 to finish third in the tournament. Lloyd appeared in three of the tournament's five games, starting three of them.

Lloyd started 13 of the 23 matches she appeared in during 2007. With nine goals and three assists, she finished third on the squad in scoring.

Lloyd scored the lone goal for the United States during stoppage time of the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament final match. In penalty kicks, the United States ultimately beat Canada 6–5.

During the 2008 Olympics, she scored two game-winning goals: one in the team's 1–0 loss to Japan in the group stage and another in overtime against


in the final, helping the United States win gold.

Lloyd and Tim Howard were selected the 2008 U.S. Soccer Athletes of the Year. She started in all 35 games she appeared in in 2008, matching for the team lead in matches started. Her 2,781 minutes on the field for the United States placed third on the squad. Her greatest scoring year for the national team came with nine goals and nine assists.

The United States national team played eight games in 2009, with Lloyd starting five of them. Lloyd scored the game-winning goal in the 2010 Algarve Cup final, enabling the United States win the tournament after beating



Despite breaking her ankle in the fourth game of the 2010 WPS Season while playing for Sky Blue FC, she started 14 of the United States' 15 matches in 2010.

Lloyd started all five games for the United States in the 2010 CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualification Rounds, netting two goals, including the game's lone goal. She had five assists at the conclusion of the tournament, and she was awarded Player of the Match three times.

After finishing third in the competition, the United States went to Italy to compete in the UEFA-CONCACAF play-off versus Italy for a spot in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Lloyd played every minute of the series, scoring three goals and adding five assists. During the second leg of the series, she got her 100th career cap.

Lloyd scored the game-winning goal in a 3–0 victory against Colombia at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, her maiden World Cup goal.

She had an assist, a goal, and one perfect penalty kick in the shootout versus Brazil to advance the United States to the semi-finals versus France.

After a 2–2 draw in the World Cup final, the United States advanced to penalty kicks against


. Lloyd mishit the ball over the crossbar, along with two teammates who failed to score their penalty attempts. The United States won silver in the event.

The Olympic Qualifying matches in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, kicked off the 2012 season for the national team. The Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Mexico were all drawn in Group B alongside the United States.

The US thrashed the Dominican Republic 14–0 in the opening encounter, with Lloyd contributing one goal and one assist. The United States beat Guatemala 13–0 in the second encounter, with Lloyd scoring a goal and assisting on both occasions.

Lloyd scored the game-winning goal in the 56th minute of the team's first match versus France at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, giving the United States a 3–2 lead; the match finished with a total score of 4–2. During the group stage, she netted her second goal of the competition versus Colombia.

Lloyd netted both American goals in the squad's 2–1 win versus Japan in the Olympic gold medal game at London's Wembley Stadium.

Her 4 strikes in the event were tied for second most on the American team. She is the first player in Olympic history (of any gender) to score the game-winning goal in two different Olympic gold medal matches; her first came against Brazil in the Beijing 2008 final.

Lloyd became the team's all-time leading scorer after netting her 46th international goal in the 13th minute of a match versus New Zealand in October 2013, overtaking Julie Foudy, who ended her career with 45 goals.

Lloyd was selected to the 23-player squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada by head coach Jill Ellis in April 2015.

Lloyd captained the team in four games, including the quarterfinal against China, where she scored the game-winning goal on her 200th cap, the semi-final against Germany, and the final against Japan, and scored six goals during the tournament, culminating in a four-game goalscoring streak that spanned the knockout stage and culminated in a hat trick in the final.

Lloyd caught Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori off her position and chipped her practically from the halfway line, which Reuters called "one of the most spectacular goals ever seen in a Women's World Cup".

She earned the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament for her performance in guiding the United States to a record third World Cup championship and first since 1999.

While Lloyd's 6 goals were enough to tie Celia Sasic for the tourney's best scorer, Sasic was given the Golden Boot for playing less minutes than Lloyd.

Lloyd also became the first woman and the first player, male or female, to score a hat trick in a World Cup final since Geoff Hurst did it for England against West Germany in the 1966 final at Wembley. Her third goal also got her a candidacy for the FIFA Puskás Award, which honors the best goal of the year.

Lloyd had two goals at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, one against Thailand and the other against


. As a result, she became the first player in Women's World Cup history to score in six consecutive games.

Lloyd won her 300th cap in a friendly match against Sweden on April 10, 2021, becoming the third player after Kristine Lilly and Christie Pearce to do so.

She became the oldest player to score for the United States in a 4–0 victory against Jamaica at the BBVA Stadium on June 14, 2021, at the age of 38 years and 332 days, eclipsing Kristine Lilly's record (38 years, 264 days).

She scored twice in a 4–3 victory against


in the bronze medal match at the 2020 Summer Olympics on August 5, 2021, to break Abby Wambach's record for most Olympic goals with ten in total. Lloyd announced her retirement from the national squad in 2021 after the Olympics.

Carli Lloyd style of play

She was renowned for her control, skill, and passing accuracy, and is a tough, active, and hardworking player. Additionally, with her stamina, strength, and tackling, as well as her ability to get into excellent attacking positions and either score goals or generate opportunities for teammates, she could help her side both defensively and offensively.

These skills, along with her tactical flexibility, allowed her to play in a variety of midfield positions; although she started her career as a defensive midfielder in the center, she was most at ease in a more advanced role as an attacking midfielder behind the strikers.

Lloyd acquired the moniker "clutch player" for her proclivity for scoring game-winning goals. She was a strong striker who could score from any position on the field and finish effectively with both her head and her foot within the box.

Carli Lloyd on media

Lloyd has appeared in the publications Glamour, Shape, and Sports Illustrated. Howler Magazine and Sports Illustrated both featured her on their covers. She was included in an ESPN piece called Title IX is Mine: USWNT in 2012.

Lloyd has been on a number of television programs, including Good Morning America, Jon Stewart's Daily Show, Live with Kelly and Michael, The Today Show, Seth Meyers' Late Night Show, and James Corden's Late Late Show.

In FIFA 16, Lloyd was included with her national colleagues in EA Sports' FIFA video game series, marking the first time that women were included in the game. EA Sports rated her as the best female player in the game in September 2015.

Carli Lloyd body measurements


Carli Lloyd body measurements

, it should be mentioned that she is 170 cm tall and weighs 64 kg.

Carli Lloyd social media


Carli Lloyd social media

, it should be mentioned that she has an Instagram (


) page with more than 1.1 million follower.

She also has a Twitter page (


) with more than 873k followers. She often posts new stuff on her page.

Carli Lloyd net worth and salary

Carli Lloyd was an incredible player who had worked so hard to establish herself in professional soccer to be able to earn a sizable income from the many teams she played for, as well as the US national team and her multiple sponsorship agreements.

Her annual income was reported to be about $ 4,500,000.

Carli Lloyd’s net worth

is estimated to be over $10 million. Carli was a Nike brand ambassador, as she was featured in the Pressure Makes Us: Carli Lloyd advertising campaign.

Carlie appeared in another Xfinity ad and inked another Visa endorsement contract. She was appointed Lifeway's brand ambassador in April 2016, and she also featured in a commercial for Heinekin beer in the same year. This is only a small sample of her many endorsement agreements. All of this has led to her enormous wealth.

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