- Carli Lloyd scored on a brilliant header to put the USWNT up 2-0 against Mexico on Monday.
- She celebrated by wagging her fingers in the air as she ran to hug some of her teammates.
- Players on the bench, including Megan Rapinoe, mimicked the 38-year-old’s celebratory “dance.”
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Carli Lloyd is an exceptional goal scorer, but her goal celebrations leave much to be desired.
That is, according to some of her teammates.
The 38-year-old striker scored a beautiful goal 11 minutes into the first half of the US Women’s National Team’s romp of Mexico at the Connecticut-based Send Off Series Monday evening. Multi-position virtuoso Crystal Dunn delivered a left-footed cross into the box, where Lloyd threw her body into the air to drive a diving header into the back of the net.
Once she picked herself up off the turf, the most-capped player on the national team roster celebrated her 126th career international goal with a finger-wagging “dance” before running to hug her teammates on the field. The celebration caught the attention of USWNT players on the bench – specifically Megan Rapinoe and Emily Sonnett – and prompted them to imitate their oldest teammate’s goofy antics.
Check it out here:
The USWNT tacked on two more goals in the first half to complete its second consecutive 4-0 rout. Lloyd and company are surging with confidence as they head to Tokyo as the frontrunners of the upcoming Olympic games.
The top-ranked team on the planet embarks on its journey to becoming the first team to earn gold directly after winning the World Cup with a grudge match against Sweden on July 21. The Swedish national team instantly became one of the USWNT’s biggest rivals after booting the stars and stripes from contention early in the 2016 Olympics.
The US will round out the group stage with games against New Zealand on July 24 and Australia on July 27.