Carli Lloyd rejoins NJ/NY Gotham FC as minority owner

Carli Lloyd rejoins NJ/NY Gotham FC as minority owner

HARRISON, NJ ( Associated Press) — Two-time FIFA Player of the Year Carli Lloyd is rejoining NJ/NY Gotham FC as minority owner, six months after retiring from the sport.

The National Women’s Football League announced the move on Wednesday. The New Jersey native joined an ownership group led by Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, Tammy. Other minority owners are Kristin Bernert, Karen Bryant and Ed Nalbandian.

“As my home club, Gotham FC has always been close to my heart,” said Lloyd. “It’s an honor to start this new chapter in my football career, surrounded by people who are committed to making it the best club and league in the world.”

Lloyd joined Gotham FC in 2018, formerly known as Sky Blue FC. He played three seasons until his retirement after the 2021 season.

Lloyd made over 100 NWSL regular season appearances and played 316 times for the US women’s national team, winning two World Cups (2015, 2019) and two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012). The former Rutgers star scored 134 goals for the national team, the third most goals in its history. He was voted FIFA Player of the Year in 2015 and ’16.

“When Carly retired last season, we always envisioned him to be a part of Gotham FC and we are thrilled to make that vision a reality,” said team club president Tammy Murphy. “His unique approach as a former player and world champion will be a tremendous asset as we continue to grow this club.”

Lloyd will act as an advisor and advisor to Gotham FC, helping to promote the club’s profile in local, national and international markets.

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