United States of America
TeamUnited States of America
Olympic Medals
Games Participations4
First Olympic GamesBeijing 2008
Year of Birth1982
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In scoring all her side’s goals in the women’s football finals at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, the USA’s Carli Lloyd did what no other player has ever achieved before at the Olympic Games.

Beijing clincher

Held at the Workers’ Stadium before a 51,000 crowd, the final of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Women’s Football Tournament between the USA and Brazil proved to be a close contest.

The match was a repeat of the 2004 final in Athens, when the USA secured a 2-1 victory in extra time. And just as on that occasion, an additional 30 minutes was needed in the Chinese capital, after the match ended goalless in normal time.

The deadlock was broken six minutes into extra time. After receiving a pass from Lauren Cheney in the Brazilian half, US midfielder Carli Lloyd slipped a neat back-heel through to Amy Rodriguez before taking the return ball in her stride, racing to the edge of the box and firing an unstoppable left-footed strike into the far corner of Barbara’s goal. The USA held on to their lead, retaining the title with the narrowest of victories.


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