Midfielder Lauren Holiday will retire from the U.S. national team following its World Cup victory. Holiday disclosed her plans Tuesday after a victory rally for the Americans in downtown Los Angeles.
“I know this is where I was supposed to be for so many years, and I know that I gave my all to soccer, to the sport, to this team,” Holiday said. “I’m excited for a new chapter in my life, and I feel like this team isn’t my identity. It’s my choice. I think there’s power in making a choice. I chose this team for 10 years, and now I’m going to choose my family.”
Holiday is married to Jrue Holiday, a guard for the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Indianapolis native and UCLA product scored 24 goals in 130 games with the U.S. team since making her debut in January 2007. She has won two Olympic gold medals.