Carli Lloyd is the true Captain America
Carli Lloyd, the USWNT’s captain netted her 8th career Olympic goal, 11th goal in 2016 and her 80th career international goal in her team’s 1-0 win over France to take control of their group in the Rio group stages. Since Pia Sundhage, who stepped down after the 2012 Olympics to take over in her home country of Sweden, made comments ripping Lloyd calling her a pain to coach among other things, Lloyd and the USWNT have won. A lot. They have been nothing short of dominant actually. And in this span, Lloyd has been on FIRE. Lloyd was named captain in 2015 and since that time the US is 23-1-2 (all losses and ties took place in friendlies). Her aforementioned stats are undeniably great, so why is Lloyd not more widely considered Captain America? She is undoubtedly the best captain we have in any sport. The USWNT is by and far the most successful team the United States has in any team sport (if/when the Women’s gymnastics dominates Rio they would also be in the discussion) and Lloyd has continued the tradition and captained them in one of the best stretches in the team’s history. She is dominant on the field, a fantastic defender, so strong on the ball and just simply makes her teammates better. I’m just going to get ahead of everyone else that will say it once she leads the US to another Gold Medal, but Carli Lloyd is Captain America. Lloyd has truly embodied American ideologies by showing poise, resilience and balls in the biggest moments for her country. Lest we forget her goal from midfield in the World Cup Final that gave her a hat-trick in the first 16 minutes.