Carli Lloyd has returned to competition following a three month lay off while she worked to recover from a MCL knee injury. The injury that occurred on April 23, kept her off the field, but last night she looked great as she rejoined Team USA as they took on Costa Rica in a pre-Rio match. Lloyd was named to USA's Olympic Team for the third time. She is going to be a large part of the teams success in Rio.
Lloyd played the whole 90 minutes last night in the friendly match with Costa Rica. The match took place in Kansas City, Kansas. The U.S. out scored Costa Rica 4-0. Crystal Dunn, Mallory Pugh, and Christen Press all joined Lloyd with a goal each. Carli Lloyd took to her Twitter following the match to say how great she felt to be back with her team and she is looking forward to heading to Brazil.
Great team result. Felt great to get a 90 under my belt. I've already moved on. NEXT! The road to rio has begun. Time to make history.— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) July 23, 2016
The U.S. Women's National Team will be heading to Rio in a few days and will prepare to play against some of the best teams in the world. The U.S. will be playing in group G, where they will be matched up against Columbia, France and New Zealand. The group matches will be held from August 3-9. If the U.S. should move on to the second stage, that will take place from August 12-19. The U.S. Team has made in to the gold medal match in each of their Olympic appearances. They won gold in 2012, 2008, 2004, 1996. They won silver in 2000. Lloyd along his the rest of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team will be looking to be the first women's team to win gold in The World Cup and Olympics back to back.