USWNT star Heather O'Reilly announces retirement from international soccer

United States women's national team veteran Heather O'Reilly announced her retirement from international soccer on Thursday.
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United States women's national team veteran Heather O'Reilly announced her retirement from international soccer on Thursday.

O'Reilly, 31, has been a member of the USWNT since 2002. She has made a total of 230 appearances with the team over her 15-year career, ranking seventh all-time in team history.

“Heather has been a vitally important part of our program for many years and has continued to set a standard for professionalism and work ethic,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “She’s been right in the thick of things for most of our big moments over the past 15 years and has always been the ultimate team player and a world-class person. She should be incredibly proud of the indelible impact she’s made on this team and on women’s soccer.”

O'Reilly will continue to play in NWSL for FC Kansas City.

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“I have spent nearly half my life in a U.S. Soccer uniform, so making the decision to retire from international play was incredibly hard and emotional,” O’Reilly said. “But quite simply, after 230 caps, thousands of practices, many trips around the world, and having played in three World Cups, and three Olympics, it just feels like the right time.”

Over the course of her career, O'Reilly has recorded 46 goals and 54 assists for the USWNT. She will play her final game with the USWNT on Sept. 15 against Thailand in Columbus, Ohio.