A star is born: Carli Lloyd has quickly gone from USWNT legend to rising talent at Fox Sports
In May, Lloyd appeared on stage at the company’s upfront presentation in May to sell marketers on this summer’s World Cup alongside Fox Sports’ top stars, including Erin Andrews, Rob Gronkowski, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Michael Strahan.
“She’s just a natural,” Neal said. “She’s got great instincts and she’s a really effective communicator.”
When she retired after the Tokyo Olympic Games, Lloyd did so as one of the most accomplished and recognizable women’s soccer players of all time. In addition to winning two World Cups and two Olympic gold medals, Lloyd ranks third all-time in goals scored for the U.S. with 134 (behind only Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm). In 2015, she became the first player, male or female, to record a hat trick in a World Cup final as part of the U.S.’s 5-2 rout of Japan, and was awarded the tournament’s Golden Ball as the most outstanding player.
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Carli added, “The last 24 hours were absolute torture. I don’t even know the place that I went to, but I went to a deep dark place and just tried to think of happy thoughts knowing that I was almost at the finish line. But I just kept telling myself I just didn’t want to quit. That was my main goal. I couldn’t bring myself to quit. Whatever I had to do to get through it, I was going to do so. It was extremely rewarding, and I felt incredibly proud and just pushed my limits to a mental capacity that I really didn’t know I had in me. I think it was pretty badass that Hannah and I were the two that are victorious and made it through.”
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For many brands, that might have been a deal breaker—why make a major investment in an athlete just as she was leaving the global stage? But Symbodi, the Canadian manufacturer of a wall-mounted massage device, didn’t flinch. And the more chief operating officer Aaron Turner thought about it, the more this seemed like an opportunity.
“Carli is extremely decorated, but now that she starts this new chapter in life, it’s really interesting the story that we get to tell over this four-year partnership—how she is using recovery in her day-to-day life and not just how she views recovery for her job,” he says, adding, “You can only tell so many stories of her competing at the top level.”
Carli Lloyd Bows Out in Style With Insane USWNT Record for 2021
As 2021 came to an end, it was time for people to review the year. The USWNT, yet again, ended on a high with being ranked the number one side in the world. What’s more impressive are the performances of Lloyd. She scored 11 goals and created six assists in the whole year. For a person who is 39, that’s astonishing. Being an experienced personality, the composure in the final third speaks volumes of her talent. Having a similar aura to Landon Donovan from the USMNT, she is the undisputed leader for the USWNT. Thus, she ended her career in the grandest way possible.