U.S. women's national team midfielder Lori Chalupny will retire from international play at the end of 2015, U.S. Soccer announced on Monday.
“Winning a World Cup is any soccer player’s biggest dream and I feel very fortunate to have had these experiences,” Chalupny said in the team's press release. “That said, there is no better way to go out than as a world champion and this just seemed like the right time to put a cap on my international career. It’s been an emotional journey back to the National Team, and I’m really thankful to U.S. Soccer, to Jill (Ellis), to the staff and to my teammates for making this year such a memorable one.”
Chalupny earned her first cap for the USWNT at 17 years old in a match against Italy prior to the 2001 Algarve Cup in Portugal. She scored her first goal for the USWNT in May 2004 against Mexico.
Chalupny took a break from international play from 2009 to 2014 due to a history of concussions. The U.S. Soccer Federation cleared her return in December 2014. Coach Jill Ellis added her to the roster for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, and she recorded her 100th USWNT cap in May against Ireland.
The St. Louis native plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL. She is the third member of the USWNT to retire from international play after Lauren Holiday and Shannon Boxx announced their decisions following the FIFA World Cup victory.
Chalupny will be honored for her 100 caps and service to the USWNT on Wednesday night in Chattanooga as the U.S. faces Costa Rica in its second match of a 10-game World Cup victory tour.
- Christopher Chavez