When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World

When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World

by Carli Lloyd, Wayne Coffey


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When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World by Carli Lloyd, Wayne Coffey


From the celebrated star of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, an inspiring, uplifting, and candid memoir of how she got there

“If a player trains when nobody is watching, she might be able to do superhuman things when the entire world is watching. Like scoring a hat trick in the first sixteen minutes of a World Cup final, an eventual 5–2 victory over Japan. Or topping off that hat trick with an astonishing fifty-yard strike from midfield, the greatest goal in U.S. soccer history, a shot so audacious that it's surprising to learn that Lloyd had actually practiced it for years with [James] Galanis on an empty field in New Jersey, far from any crowds.” — Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated

In 2015, the U.S .Women’s National Soccer Team won its first FIFA championship in sixteen years, culminating in an epic final game that electrified soccer fans around the world. It featured a gutsy, brilliant performance by team captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd, who made history that day, scoring a hat trick—three goals in one game—during the first sixteen minutes. 
But there was a time when Carli almost quit the sport. In 2003 she was struggling, her soccer career at a crossroads. Then she found a trusted trainer, James Galanis, who saw in Carli a player with raw talent, skill, and a great dedication to the game. What Carli lacked were fitness, mental toughness, and character. Together they set to work, training day and night, fighting, grinding it out. No one worked harder than Carli. And no one believed in her more than James. Despite all the naysayers, the times she was benched, moments when her self-confidence took a nosedive, she succeeded in becoming one of the best players in the world. 
This candid reflection on a remarkable turnaround will take readers inside the women's national team and inside the head of an athlete who willed herself to perform at the highest levels of competition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328745620
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 99,526
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

CARLI LLOYD is captain of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and has been named the FIFA World Player of the Year for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). The midfielder led the U.S. team to World Cup victory in 2015 and also scored the gold-medal winning goals in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She has played in three FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments, helping the U.S. win bronze, silver and then gold. In 2015 she was also awarded the FIFA Golden Ball and the Silver Boot. The New Jersey native currently plays for Manchester City Women FC in England. Follow Carli at carlilloyd.com or on Twitter @CarliLloyd.

WAYNE COFFEY is an award-winning sports journalist and the author of more than thirty books, including such New York Times bestsellers as The Closer with Mariano Rivera; Wherever I Wind Up with R. A. Dickey; and Above the Line with Urban Meyer.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Prologue: What You See Is What You Get 1

1 Beginnings 11

2 Strikers Forever 23

3 Smackdown 31

4 National Attention 47

5 One Cap at a Time 59

6 Coach's Crosshairs 67

7 World of Trouble 79

8 Olympian and Outcast 97

9 Fine China 107

10 Letting Go of Gold 117

11 Empty Cup 129

12 Wonder in Wembley 137

13 Coaching Carousel 155

14 Coaching Carousel Part II 167

15 Character Builders 175

16 Disappearing Act 187

17 Addition by Subtraction 197

18 World-Beater 205

19 Pure Gold 215

Epilogue: Priorities, Progress, Passion 223

Acknowledgments 225

Photo Credits 229

Index 231

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When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carli Lloyd, an amazing soccer player, and plays for the US National Women’s Soccer team to support our country. Carli had used to live in New Jersey, but had to make a huge commitment to the team, and now she is living on the other side of the country, California. This book had taken place all over the world for her matches, and tells us how she played or about the other team. She tells about her long hard journey from becoming where she was when she was little to becoming the captain of the US team. She gave great details, and inspirational messages to her fans, and how se had to work her hardest to get a spot on the team, and that you have to work your hardest outside of practice. She is one heck of a player, and shows it with all the awards she wins. I would recommend this book to people in middle school, and higher. Also I don’t recommend this to people who don’t like soccer, but to people who may want to exceed with their career or want to even try playing this sport. Another reason is you should be mature enough to read this book because it does swear, but not in a bad way. You also should need a good or better vocabulary because she is older and would also have a better vocabulary than most of us. I really enjoyed this book, and take into consideration the tips that she has gave us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book where Carli basically provides an autobiography of her soccer life and her personal struggles. It actually can be motivational in that she keeps letting you know that with hard work you can overcome setbacks.
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B-loNY More than 1 year ago
Just not a big fan of sport books that provide detailed moments of games.