Carli Lloyd Talks Why She Handed Off Captain’s Armband, World Cup Hat Trick

One day after the biggest day of Carli Lloyd’s life, the soccer star is facing a number of questions. The questions Carli Lloyd is facing are quite a bit more optimistic than if the team had lost. The team didn’t lose, and that was in large part thanks to Carli Lloyd, who ended up with the hat trick. Her three goals would end up being all the U.S. team needed, although Japan made it a bit of a game after the United States took a 4-0 lead.

According to Time Magazine, Carli Lloyd hasn’t slept a wink since the team won its World Cup Title on Sunday. Of course, this is the first time the team has won the title since 1999, so you can’t really blame her for being a little hyped.

“We didn’t come here to take second place. We came here to win it, and there was something different in the air with these last few games with our team,” Carli Lloyd said during a recent interview on Good Morning America.

It was pretty clear that the soccer veteran, who has been with the team since 2005, had come to play considering she managed her hat trick in the first 16 minutes of the game. That happens to be the fastest any player has scored a hat-trick in the history of the Women’s World Cup. It’s hardly a surprise that she had such a good game, considering she scored goals in four games during the tournament. Perhaps the thing that makes Carli Lloyd a player that has grabbed the spotlight as completely as she has is that she is truly a team player.

Carli Lloyd knew what she had to do when the game was almost wrapped up. She knew that she had to pay tribute to her friend and teammate who had toiled long and hard. Carli Lloyd saw Abby Wambach during the 79th minute of a game the team was going to win and knew she had to hand over her captain’s armband.

“When Abby has come on in a few of the games it’s just a little crazy to switch the armband, but I wanted to make sure she put the armband on because she deserves it. She has been legendary to this team. She’s been unbelievable. I’m so thankful I can call her my friend, my teammate, and I’m just so proud her last World Cup she could go out strong.” Carli Lloyd said, underlining just how special the team really was.

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