Carli Lloyd celebrates becoming the sixth U.S. woman to reach 100 goals. (Thomas B. Seha/USA TODAY Sports)
HOUSTON — Carli Lloyd joined one exclusive club Sunday, becoming the sixth U.S. women’s national team player to score 100 international goals.
The Delran, N.J. native reached that milestone in the 34th minute of the Americans’ 6-2 triumph over Mexico at BBVA Compass Stadium, where she once played in the National Women’s Soccer League.
The 35-year-old Lloyd, who plays for Sky Blue FC, scored in her 252nd international match. She became the first USWNT player to reach the milestone since striker Abby Wambach accomplished the feat in 2009.
“It’s obviously a great milestone, but I’ve got a lot of things I still want to accomplish left in my career,” Lloyd said. “To look back on where I started in 2005 to the player I’ve become, you don’t very often get to sit back and reflect because you’re always waiting for that next big thing.”
With the score tied at 2-2, Lloyd snapped the tie in the 34th minute.
Megan Rapinoe worked her way free of a few defenders on the left flank before crossing the ball to the right side of the penalty area and that was run down by Lindsey Horan. Horan lifted a cross back into the middle. The ball hit off the hands of goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago, Alex but Morgan got a piece of the ball on the volley and went it straight up in the air. The ball came down almost on the goal line before Lloyd headed it home off the bounce for her historic goal.
Sealed with a kiss 😘💯. Go field level for Carli Lloyd's milestone goal in Houston.
Posted by U.S. Soccer on Sunday, April 8, 2018
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Lloyd is in sixth place on the all-time caps list and is three away from tying Abby Wambach for fifth.
She scored 36 international goals between the time she debuted six days before her 23rd birthday and her 30th birthday. Since turning 30, Lloyd has scored 64 goals in 117 matches in just under six years. Those 117 games after the age of 30 rank her seventh all-time in U.S. history that category. Former U.S. international defender Christie Pearce is the leader with 175.
The top USWNT international goal-scorers with 100 or more goals
1. Abby Wambach — 184
2. Mia Hamm — 158
3. Kristine Lilly — 130
4. Michelle Akers — 105
5. Tiffeny Milbrett — 100
6. Carli Lloyd — 100