Carli Lloyd has scored 124 goals for the USWNT. (OutfoxedMedia Photo)
U.S. forward Carli Lloyd is about to go where very few soccer players have gone before – 300 international appearances.
The veteran U.S. women’s national team icon can do it as early as Saturday at 1 p.m. (FOX), when the Americans meet Sweden in an international friendly.
Only two players – men or women – have played 300 international matches and both are Lloyd’s former teammates, Kristine Lilly (354) and Christie Pearce Rampone (311).
Lloyd, a member of NJ/NY Gotham FC, made her international debut in 2005. This is her 17th year of international competition.
Through 299 caps, the USA has a record of 249-15-35 in games in which she has played, a winning percentage north of 89 percent. She has appeared for the USA in three different decades, at four Women’s World Cups and in three Olympic Games.
Not only has her longevity been truly remarkable, but her production as well. Lloyd’s 124 career goals are fourth all-time in U.S. history and her 62 assists are sixth all-time. While she has played forward in the latter part of her career, she is still the highest scoring midfielder in U.S. history.
Lloyd might also add remarkable chapter to her career during this trip as her next goal would make her the oldest player in USWNT history to score a goal. Lilly is the oldest player to score a goal for the USA at 38 years, 264 days. Lloyd will be 38 years, 268 days old Saturday.
She is the only player to scored goals for the winning team in two Olympic gold-medal matches (2008 and 2012). Lloyd also tallied six times at the 2015 Women’s World Cup for the winning USA side, including a hat-trick in the final.