- Carli Lloyd is vying for a spot on the USWNT’s ultra-competitive Olympic roster at 38 years old.
- She helped make her case Sunday by finding the back of the net 23 seconds after kickoff vs Jamaica.
- With the goal, Lloyd surpassed Kristine Lilly as the oldest player in USWNT history to score.
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Carli Lloyd is still a mainstay for the US Women’s National Team nearly 16 years after her debut.
And despite turning 39 next month, the superstar striker is in serious contention for a spot on the ultra-competitive 18-person USWNT roster selected to compete at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
Her performance in the USWNT’s matchup against Jamaica Sunday night only helped bolster her case. After all, it only took Lloyd 23 seconds to find the back of the net.
Rose Lavelle delivered a pin-point accurate cross into the box for Lloyd, who settled the ball with her thigh before launching a low strike past the goalkeeper to score the second-quickest goal in USWNT history.
-U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 14, 2021
The three-time Olympian and four-time World Cup participant hit another considerable milestone with the lightning-fast strike. At 38 years and 332 days old, Lloyd surpassed USWNT great Kristine Lilly as the oldest player to score a goal in team history.
She celebrated the feat by poking fun at Lilly, quoting the team’s official tweet with “Sorry @KristineLilly! ????????????.”
-Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) June 14, 2021
Lloyd is just six goals away from overtaking Lilly on the USWNT’s all-time scorer’s list. But if she continues to impact the team’s offense the way she has so far this year – scoring two goals and adding four assists in nine appearances for the USWNT – she’ll have a good shot at making the upcoming Olympic roster and working her way further up the list.
Lloyd has the fourth-most goals in team history – behind Lilly, Mia Hamm, and Abby Wambach – with 125 international goals. She’ll have her next chance to chip away at that deficit on Wednesday, as the USWNT takes on Nigeria at the brand-new Austin FC Stadium at 9 p.m. ET.