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

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


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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. From the superstar who is going to Tokyo for her fourth Olympics—the oldest player the US women's national team has ever sent.

“If you are a real soccer player—then this is the book for you to read . . . Inspiring and uplifting.”—GoalNation

In 2015, the US 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 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. Together they set to work, training day and night, fighting, grinding it out. Despite all the naysayers, the times she was benched, the moments when her self-confidence took a nosedive, she succeeded in becoming one of the best players in the world and bound for the Summer Games in 2021 at thirty-nine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328745620
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 178,203
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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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