Lauren Holiday has played her last competitive match with the United States. The 27-year-old midfielder has retired from international soccer and will walk out on top with the World Cup final as her last match.
Holiday will complete the season with FC Kansas City so she's not retiring altogether yet. There is also a chance that she will play in a couple of the U.S.' friendlies later this year as part of their celebration tour and get one last runout in the national team jersey, but she will not be part of any more tournaments or competitions.
This decision is not much of a surprise. There has been rumors for the better part of a year that the World Cup would be it for Holiday. She has spent the better part of a decade playing with the national team, a commitment that takes a lot of time and travel. Now she wants to commit more time with her family and potentially even start a family with husband Jrue Holiday.
Holiday leaves the U.S. with 130 caps and 24 goals. She played in two World Cups and two Olympics, capturing the World Cup this year, as well as two gold medals. She is arguably the most versatile player the team has ever had, coming up as a striker, moving to winger and then deep-lying playmaker, all while her best position was probably as an attacking midfielder.Despite moving from position to position and never getting to play in her best place, she was named 2007 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year and 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.