Soccer star Carli Lloyd on mental health and her 17-year career: 'I didn't always feel happy during the pursuit of greatness but I kept grinding away'

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U.S. Women’s Soccer legend Carli Lloyd may have recently retired, but the two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Player of the Year isn’t exactly disappearing. With over a million Instagram followers and plenty of people awaiting her next move, she’s currently hovering between enjoying the moment and working hard at her next act.

Fresh from playing her final game for the U.S. Women’s National Team on Oct. 26, Lloyd recently announced a partnership with Agile Therapeutics, a healthcare company solely dedicated to women’s health. (“They're big on empowering women, she says, “And I’m all for bringing more options for women's health to the market. It’s a natural fit for this next chapter of my life.”)

Written by: Cindy Augustine