CARLI LLOYD GOES FOR HER LAST OLYMPIC GOLD AND A HEALED FAMILY

By Mary Cunningham

The Tokyo Olympics are likely the swan song for 39-year-old Carli Lloyd, the pride of Delran, NJ, and really the entire Philly region.

And the Washington Post artfully describes the state of her play and her life:

Carli Lloyd will arrive at her fourth Olympics playing at a level that disguises her age, which, as of last Friday, is 39 — the oldest for a U.S. women’s soccer Olympian ever.

In all likelihood, this will be the last major tournament in a career decorated by gold medals, World Cup titles and international awards.

As her extraordinary tour winds down, though, Lloyd has acquired something that has been absent since she first rocketed to stardom: a relationship with her family.

For 12 years, she rarely communicated with them, the fallout from a rift for which she takes some responsibility. While teammates embraced their parents field-side, Lloyd celebrated her historic hat trick against Japan in the 2015 World Cup final with players and staff.

Her parents were not invited to her wedding; she didn’t attend her sister’s. She was not immediately told of her father’s heart surgery.

Last year, she began to realize what had been lost. The coronavirus pandemic had postponed the Olympics and a knee injury shelved her National Women’s Soccer League campaign, offering time for introspection and reflection.

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