Not long after Vlatko Andonovski took over the two-time defending World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team in 2019, Carli Lloyd, the team's most decorated veteran, came to him with an odd question.
"How do you feel about extra work?" Lloyd asked.
One of the greatest soccer players in history then explained to the new coach that for years while on national team road trips, she had been covertly using Google maps to find open green space where she could do additional fitness training on her own.
"You’re going to do it anyway," Andonovski said. "You might as well do it with us so you don’t have to go to parks and twist your ankle."
Written by: Doug McIntyre