Carli Lloyd News & UNWST News
It should have been one of the best summer’s of her life as Carli Lloyd won her second World Cup with the USA women’s national team.
However, it’s fair to say that she didn’t have the experience that she was hoping for and didn’t enjoy the French World Cup as much as her teammates.
She is one of the fundamental reasons that the game has grown so much in the USA, and her hat-trick in the 2015 final looked to have inspired the country to turn to the sport.
However, the 2019 event saw Lloyd playing the majority of her football from the bench, and she was quick to allude to this summer’s event as the worst of her career as she appeared on ESPN’s Laughter Permitted podcast with Julie Foudy.
Speaking about the summer, she said: “I’m not going to lie and sugarcoat it. It was absolutely the worst time of my life. It affected my relationship with my husband and with friends.
It really was rock bottom of my entire career. But somehow, you see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I can honestly say I’m having more fun now playing than I ever have in my career. I think I just learned a lot throughout it.”
Lloyd believed she was playing her best football coming into this year’s World Cup, and deserved more than a place on the bench, and was quick to talk about this with Foudy.
“There’s no denying it,” Lloyd said. “I deserved to be on that field that whole World Cup, but I wasn’t. And I think I’ve grown as a person, as a player. It sucked. It absolutely sucked.
“Lloyd was the undoubted star of the 2015 World Cup, but her US teammate Megan Rapinoe was in the spotlight for much of this year’s tournament. That was down to her, making as much of an impact on the pitch as she was off of it. Lloyd told Foudy that her frustration was at her personal situation rather than being aimed at her teammates.
“I was super happy for my teammates and happy for Megan [Rapinoe], who put the team on her back, and for several other players,” Lloyd said. “It was great to see, and I’m happy that I could still have been a part of it.”
As for the future, Lloyd has spoken at length about her desire for a career in the NFL, and it remains something that she remains keen about. She said: “The NFL gig has definitely been a hot topic for me. It’s something that just completely took me by surprise. It went viral.
“I’m definitely considering it. Right now I’m just going to focus on soccer at the moment, but I definitely want to entertain the idea of potentially becoming the first female to kick in the NFL.
“I want to try it. I want to put a helmet on, I want to put pads on, I want to kick with two steps. And then see from there.”
However, fans that are hoping to see Lloyd in the NFL this season may be disappointed as she still has goals to achieve in football, and they centre around next summer’s global sporting spectacle in Japan.
She said: “I hope a coach comes in that values me, respects me, wants me [as] a part of the Olympic plans. There’s no question my abilities are there. I’m able to do it. Physically I’m able to do it. I would love to be a part of it, but I want to have an open, honest conversation because if I’m not, I can’t go through what I went through for three years.”
The USA will go into the Olympics as the overwhelming favourite to win the gold medal in that event following their World Cup success this year. However, whether Lloyd will be part of the winning side remains to be seen.