USA’s Chalupny announces international retirement

Lori Chalupny (pictured) celebrates with fans after the USA defeated Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

CHICAGO – A day after the United States launched a 10-match tour to celebrate its 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title, veteran defender Lori Chalupny announced Monday that she will retire from international football at the end of the year. 

The 31-year-old made her U.S. debut in March 2001 against Italy, earning 103 caps and scoring 10 goals.

“It’s been an amazing year,” said Chalupny. “Winning a World Cup is any soccer player’s biggest dream and I feel very fortunate to have had these experiences. 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, to the staff and to my teammates for making this year such a memorable one.” 

Chalupny’s international career can be divided into two parts, the first spanning 2001-2009, when she played 92 games. As a defender, she helped the USA win the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, scoring in the epic 4-2 win against Japan in the semifinal match. 

In 2009, Chalupny put her international career on hold due to concussion issues, but continued to play in various professional leagues. Five years later, she approached U.S. Soccer about the possibility of returning to the national team. Following extensive examinations by two independent neurology experts and U.S. Soccer medical staff, she was cleared to return and played well enough to earn a spot on her second Women’s World Cup Team. 

Chalupny played in one match off the bench in Canada, coming on for the final 10 minutes against Colombia in the Round of 16.

At the club level, Chalupny played with St. Louis Athletica (2009-10), the Atlanta Beat (2010-11), the Chicago Red Stars (2012-today) and Sweden’s AIK (2012). 

She was a starter on the U.S. team that won the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002.