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Carli Lloyd waiting on new USWNT coach before making retirement decision

Lloyd said both her national team future and Sky Blue future are “in flux”

United States forward Carli Lloyd speaks to media before a workout at Red Bull Arena on May 25 . (Steve Luciano/AP)

HARRISON, N.J. — As Sky Blue FC and Carli Lloyd inch closer to the conclusion of the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League season, the star player says her plans for next season remain “in flux.”

“[I’m] just kind of waiting to see who the next national team coach is,” Lloyd said on the issue of retirement following Sky Blue’s 1-1 draw with the Orlando Pride on Sunday. “I’d love to play in another Olympics, if given that opportunity and a fair shot, and then we’ll kind of go from there.”

Right after the women’s World Cup final, where she and the U.S. women’s national team were victorious, Lloyd said she was considering retirement, admitting that the last several years of becoming an option of the bench for the U.S. team were “really tough” for her.

Again, she did not rule it out. The 37-year-old maintained that her body feels “fantastic, adding, “I definitely see myself playing as long as my body allows me.”

As for playing for Sky Blue or in the NWSL regardless of her national team status, Lloyd was noncommittal.

I think I’m committed here and it’s my intention to continue to make the club and organization better,” Lloyd said. “[It’s] something I’ll probably have to reassess and speak with my husband and kind of see where we’re at together and go from there, but one day at a time for me.”

After missing out on a playoff spot, Sky Blue finishes out the 2019 NWSL season on the road at the North Carolina Courage on Oct. 12.

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