Lloyd: USWNT needed England's mentality to progress at WWC
"I don't walk back on anything I said," Lloyd said. "I speak from experience, being part of the team, I played with a lot of those players, played under Vlatko [Andonovski], was still very much a part of that cycle. I unfortunately saw the trajectory of where the team was heading. Unfortunately it was not a good performance, and what I said was exactly how I felt and came from the heart."
Lloyd added that USWNT wasn't fit enough at the recent World Cup and compared the team's efforts to those of England, which reached the final for the first time in its history.
"We have all the resources poured in, we have the talent pool, we have the support, we have the experience, and so there's all this narrative of 'the world has caught up,' but in my opinion the team wasn't fit enough, the team didn't show that mentality that is needed to win like you're seeing with England," Lloyd said.
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“She was doing her job and good on her for doing so,” Twellman said, according to Awful Announcing.
“Very few athletes, both men and women, when they retire, the red light comes on, they’re scared to same something because they’re friends, ex-teammates. But that’s the job.”
Lowe agreed, saying Lloyd “knows most of those women on the team and so it’s difficult because you go from being their friend to somebody who now has to speak very brutally, very honestly.
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It was because she cares.
"I am always going to care," Lloyd told me in a telephone interview a few hours after the USA result. "That was 17 years of my life and … it gave me everything in my life.