The U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) will play its final domestic match of the year on Tuesday, October 26, hosting the Republic of Korea at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is the second game of two against the Asian country. Last Thursday, the two rivals played to a 0-0 draw.
The match will also bring to a close the remarkable 17-year international career of Carli Lloyd. She will start the game as the most experienced player on the roster with 315 caps, second-most ever caps in the USWNT program.
The 39-year old will open a new chapter in her life soon after the final whistle sounds.
During her last pre-game press conference, Lloyd spoke about her next stage in life, “This next phase of mine, I think, is going to be no different. I’m going to find something that I’m passionate about and do it to the best of my ability. I want to eventually start a family with my husband and want to be the best mom and strive to be the best wife that I possibly can.”
However, the start of her whirlwind junket will be held off until her National Women’s Soccer League side’s (NJ/NY Gotham FC) season comes to an end. Currently sitting in 5th place in the NWSL, her team is vying for a playoff position. Lloyd has hoisted only one professional women’s league trophy over her head, and that was the FA Cup abroad with Manchester City.
Another transition will also occur soon after the match in sold-out Allianz Field. Colorado Rush Soccer alumni Lindsey Horan will formally begin wearing the number 10 on her back for the Lady Yanks, as Lloyd bestowed it to the 27-year-old midfielder during an emotional presentation at training yesterday.
Coloradoans Mallory Pugh and Sophia Smith will also be on-site to witness Lloyd’s send-off and thereafter, fall in line to support Horan’s new distinction and monumental leadership role.
“I think it was probably one of the most special moments in my career,’’ Horan said, close to tears when asked about the honor during a media event last week in Kansas City, Kansas. “I think Carli Lloyd is truly one of the most incredible women’s national team players that has come through the system. And over the past few years, she’s been such a role model for me and I’ve gotten closer and closer with her and gotten to learn so much from her.’’
Horan also realizes the shoes that she will now fill. “Her mentality, I think you see it every single day if you’re around her... every single training session, she’s always in it, and always wants to win, always wants to be better, always wants to get better. Does the stuff off the field, you know, the recovery, every single detail, that’s Carli Lloyd.”
Horan’s new role will start in a matter of a month as U.S. Soccer announced that it is planning a November trip to Australia for the USWNT that would feature two matches in and around Sydney on November 27th and 30th that would be played under strict COVID-19 protocols, provided proper approvals from the Australia government are in place to allow the U.S. team to enter the country and train and play in a highly controlled setting.
USWNT DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 6), Adrianna Franch (Kansas City NWSL; 9)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (Houston Dash; 76/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 41/1), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville; 4/0), Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars; 36/0), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 147/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 195/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 60/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 104/23), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 64/16), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 10/3), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 30/4), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 19/2)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Arsenal, ENG; 179/36), Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 314/134), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 188/114), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars; 65/18), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 185/61), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 8/1), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 42/13)
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Tuesday, October 26 at 6:08 p.m. MT
Venue: Allianz Field — Saint Paul, Minnesota
TV and “CarliCam” Information: FS1 and TUDN, Fox Sports App