Opinion: Carli Lloyd keeps on grinding after injury because that's what Carli Lloyd does

Carli Lloyd is grittier than pretty much everyone.

Here she is, six months shy of her 39th birthday, going the full 90 minutes in her first game since March. After having the first surgery of her career last year, no less.

If you expected anything less, you really don’t know much about Lloyd.

“It wasn’t a question of not returning,” she said Monday night, after assisting on two goals in the U.S. women's 4-0 victory over Colombia. 

“The previous injuries I’ve had, there’s always been a timetable and a rush to get back. This literally gave me time to shut off,” she said. “I’m feeling good — this is probably the best I’ve felt. I think I’ll know the right time to hang the boots up.”

Written by: Nancy Armour