Forward Carli Lloyd showed her best scorer as a professional, scoring five goals in the friendly match that the United States women’s team beat Paraguay 9-0.
The match was the first the United States has played since the last Tokyo 2020 Olympics when they suffered their biggest disappointment by having to settle for the bronze medal.
The reigning world champions, with Lloyd establishing his best goalscoring record with the national team, imposed their class and superiority in all facets of the game during the game that was played last night in Cleveland.
Lloyd scored a pair of goals in the first five minutes, adding his third and fourth before halftime as the United States built a 6-0 lead. The forward scored the fifth goal of her personal account at the 61st minute of the second half.
At 39, Lloyd, amassed 133 international goals in 313 appearances with the national team and ranked third on the Stars and Stripes team’s all-time list against Kristine Lilly.
Lloyd’s explosion of goals was reminiscent of the 2015 World Cup final, when he scored three in the first 16 minutes against Japan.
The veteran player has already announced that she plans to retire from soccer after having played the team’s four Olympic Games.
The United States meet Paraguay again on Tuesday in Cincinnati. The team is scheduled to host South Korea twice next month, before a possible trip out of the country to Australia in November.