‘I’m just ready to live life.’ Carli Lloyd content at home in early days of retirement
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'
What’s some advice that you carry with you?
Trust the process, trust the journey. Be in the present moment. I'm a big believer that people come into your life for a reason and challenges come at you at certain moments to teach you lessons. If you try not to focus so much on the future and just focus on being in the present moment, we’d all live a less stressful life. The beauty of life is the unknown.
Carli Lloyd Did It Her Way
Mia Hamm Pays Tribute to 'Dynamic' Carli Lloyd After Retirement (Exclusive)
CARLI LLOYD FINISHING U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM CAREER KNOWING SHE 'GAVE IT ALL I HAD'
"I don't think that there's many that understand what it actually takes," Lloyd told FOX Sports on Monday during her final pregame news conference. "It’s very tiring to continue to prove people wrong."
That singular drive required sacrifices, lots of them. To Lloyd, anything that didn’t help her hurt her. She didn’t party or stay out late. She insisted that her husband, Brian, not travel to support her at major tournaments, lest he be a distraction.
Carli Lloyd: By the Numbers
10: Lloyd has worn the No. 10 jersey for both club and country, never wearing another number for any NWSL team.
111: A regular name on the team sheet, Lloyd has made 111 appearances across all NWSL competitions starting 109 of those games.
46 and 11: Ahead of Gotham FC’s remaining matches in the 2021 NWSL season, Lloyd currently has 46 goals and 11 assists to her name - however this tally could go up shortly!
May 17, 2014: First NWSL goal (Washington Spirit 3-2 Western NY Flash).
.400: Always a threat on the pitch, Lloyd is a vigorous attacker for any club. She currently holds the fourth-highest regular season goals-per-game ratio among active players at .400.
39: Lloyd is currently the oldest NWSL field player at 39 years old and the oldest player in the league to take and convert a penalty.
1: Back in 2013 Lloyd won the NWSL Shield with Western New York Flash and it remains her only NWSL title to date.
Carli Lloyd, forever fixated on greatness, ends her brilliant USWNT career
Opinion: Goal the only thing missing from Carli Lloyd's final game with USWNT
It was a worthy send-off for the player who scored the game-winner in the gold-medal matches at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and personally outscored Japan in the 2015 World Cup Final.
"This was," Lloyd said after the 6-0 victory over South Korea, "one of the most special nights I’ve ever had in my life."
All that was missing was a goal.