I like raising my games in finals -- Carli Lloyd

United States Women’s National Team forward Carli Lloyd has noted that she likes raising her games in international tournaments and that she enjoys serving as an inspiration to her teammates.

The Gotham FC striker who has garnered 312 international caps for the Americans is also the first USA player to score at four different Olympics and thus, becomes the USA’s all-time leading scorer at the Olympics with 10 goals.

When told Carli Lloyd about her goal-scoring exploits in the medal zones of all Olympics soccer competitions she has played, the 39-year-old American was somewhat surprised about her own record.

“I didn't know that. That’s cool!”, adding, “I like raising my game in finals and I like to lead by example”.

However, after helping the USWNT to a bronze medal, Lloyd wouldn’t confirm or deny her plans to retire from the national team.

“It’s a question that’s been there in my head, but I've always wanted to be the one who makes that decision.

“Not the media, not the coaches. I’ll take the time to think about it when I’m back home. Physically, I feel very good, but the time comes when you have to hang up your boots and get back to normal life”, the US star stated.

The female striker however indicated that she sometimes thinks about when to call it quit.

“I scored two goals tonight but none before this game. As a forward, that makes you think and wonder what more you can do to help the team. You just have to stay confident in those moments and tell yourself the ball will end up going in. It's great to win trophies and medals, but what interests me is always to give my very best. That's been difficult, but in the end, you get your reward”, she added.
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