CLEVELAND (AP) — Carli Lloyd scored a career-high five goals and the United States routed Paraguay 9-0 on Thursday in the national team's first game since the Olympics.
The Americans won the bronze medal in Tokyo, a somewhat disappointing finish for the defending World Cup champions.
Lloyd scored a pair of goals in the opening five minutes and added her third and fourth before halftime as the United States built a 6-0 lead. She added her final goal in the 61st.
Lloyd, 39, has 133 international goals in 313 appearances with the national team. She moved in front of Kristine Lilly for third on the career list.
Lloyd's scoring outburst was reminiscent of the 2015 World Cup final when she scored three goals in the first 16 minutes against Japan. She announced she plans to retire from soccer after the team's four post-Olympic games.
"That was fun," she said. "I don't know, I'm just trying to savor it because I want time to go a little bit slower because one game is down and I have three left."
It was Lloyd's first career five-goal game. She has nine career hat tricks, one fewer than Mia Hamm.
The five goals matched the U.S. record for a single game, a milestone most recently reached by Alex Morgan against Thailand during the 2019 World Cup. No player has had six.
Andi Sullivan scored 25th before Lynn Williams' blast from distance in the 30th made it 4-0.
Sullivan added a second goal early in the second half, before Lloyd's fifth. Tobin Heath scored the final goal in the 86th.
It is the first time that the United States has faced Paraguay, which has never played in the Olympics or the World Cup.
Paraguay lost 7-0 to Japan in April. It was the team's only previous match this year after three scheduled games against Colombia were canceled because of the coronavirus.
Forward Christen Press was not with the national team because she is taking time off to focus on her mental health. Alyssa Naeher, Julie Ertz, Sam Mewis and Megan Rapinoe were not on the roster because of injury.
The United States plays Paraguay again on Tuesday in Cincinnati. The team is scheduled to host South Korea twice next month before a possible road trip to Australia in November.