Holiday to retire from U.S. women’s soccer team


Lauren Holiday of the United States vies for the ball against Colombia's Orianica Velasquez during the Women's World Cup. (Jason Franson/CP)

LOS ANGELES — Midfielder Lauren Holiday says she plans to 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.

The Indianapolis native and UCLA product has 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.

Holiday scored the Americans’ third goal in their 5-2 victory over Japan on Sunday, wrapping up their first World Cup title since 1999.

Holiday also plays for FC Kansas City in the NWSL, and she intends to finish out her league season. She was the league MVP in 2013 and won the title last year.

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