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Carli Lloyd rails against USWNT after stunning loss to Mexico

The U.S. women’s national team doesn’t instill fear in the rest of soccer like it once did.

At least that’s the criticism from former team member Carli Lloyd.

Lloyd has not been shy about criticizing the women’s national team in the past, and did so again after the group lost 2-0 to Mexico in the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup on Monday night.


Carli Lloyd slammed the USWNT. Getty Images

“Yes, the whole world has caught up…but I actually hate when people say that because the #USWNT started to go backwards in the 2020 Olympics and went backwards…now they are rebuilding and pulling their nails We have to stand up and climb out. #NoOneFearsTheUswntanymore,” Lloyd posted on X Early Tuesday morning.

Lloyd didn’t stop there, responding to numerous comments on her first post, including one fan who wrote that the dominance of women’s soccer in the United States was “a myth.”

“Yes! The team was losing games before they played us because of fear and intimidation… Arrogance and lack of hunger crept in in 2020, but it gave the team confidence that America could win and… That advantage has been lost.” she answered.

The outspoken critic of the women’s team made headlines around the world for her shot with the USWNT, which won two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup titles.

Lloyd also drew a response from then-head coach Vlatko Andonovski after criticizing his players’ performance during Fox Sports’ World Cup coverage last summer.

Lloyd, who played for the USWNT from 2005 to 2021 and scored 134 goals, transitioned into a broadcaster role after retiring from soccer.

She repeatedly questioned the sense of entitlement Americans felt during last year’s World Cup.


American No. 7 Alex Morgan reacts after Mexico's goal.
American Alex Morgan reacts after Mexico’s goal. Getty Images

Last year, the U.S. lost to Sweden in the round of 16.

Twyla Kilgore has been leading the USWNT since Andonovski resigned following World Cup disappointment.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes will take charge of the USWNT at the end of the Women’s Super League season.

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