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Carli Lloyd Called Up to National Team Duty for September Friendlies Against Paraguay

By Gotham FC, 09/09/21, 11:00AM EDT


NJ/NY Gotham FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that forward Carli Lloyd has been called up for the U.S. Women’s National Team matches against Paraguay in September in Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio. These matches will be the first since the Tokyo Olympics.

On August 16, the two-time World Cup Champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA Player of the Year officially announced her retirement from soccer following a slate of USWNT fall friendlies and the conclusion of the NWSL season. Lloyd currently ranks second in international appearances behind Kristine Lilly with 312 and is tied for fifth with Germany’s Birgit Prinz in international goals with 128.

The USA will take on Paraguay on Thursday, Sept. 16 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and then again on Tuesday, Sept. 21 during the first-ever U.S. Soccer match at FC Cincinnati’s newly opened TQL Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1 & TUDN).



Originally named Sky Blue FC, the Club underwent a major rebrand in April 2021 and officially changed its name to NJ/NY Gotham FC. Representing New Jersey and New York, the Club plays its National Women’s Soccer League home matches at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. The Club has been part of the NWSL since the league launched in 2013. Founded in 2007, Gotham FC originally debuted as Jersey Sky Blue in the W-League of United Soccer Leagues. The Club won its first trophy as Sky Blue FC in 2009 after winning the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer championship. Most recently, Gotham FC played in the 2021 Challenge Cup Final against the Portland Thorns, the Club’s first ever championship appearance in NWSL competition.