By: Marilyn Payne |
October 15, 2019 8:24 pm
U.S. Women’s National Team co-captain Carli Lloyd opened up on ESPN’s Laughter Permitted podcast with former Olympian Julie Foudy, explaining that her primarily reserve role on this summer’s World Cup championship team was, “absolutely the worst time of my life.”
The 37-year-old started one of the seven World Cup contests, coming off the bench for every game except for the contest versus Chile. The impact on the athlete spread beyond the pitch and the locker room.
“It affected my relationship with my husband, with friends,” Lloyd said. “It really was rock bottom of my entire career. But somehow, you see 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 insisted that she wouldn’t “sugar coat it,” saying that she believed her role should’ve been bigger than it was.
“There’s no denying it,” Lloyd told ESPN. “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.”
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The soccer star, who has received attention for her field goal kicking on an American football field since the conclusion of the World Cup, did clarify that she still enjoyed seeing the team and her teammates succeed in international dominance despite her smaller-than-preferred role.
“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.”
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