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When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World Kindle Edition
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“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.
“…the point of the memoir…is to show how dedication and a relentless work ethic can overcome an endless series of obstacles, both personal and professional.” –L.A. Times
“We are reminded time and time again that our role models, the people we think we know because they play for our favorite team, are not at all who we thought. Otherworldly skills and talents aside, they face the same challenges, heartbreaks and doubts as we do. That’s the message that comes through in Lloyd’s book…” –USA Today
"A remarkable portrait of the relentless drive and sacrifice required to truly be the best."
"If you are a real soccer player – then this is the book for you to read . . .Open and refreshing . . . From the preface to the epilogue, this book is filled with passion and the solid wisdom of a winner . . . Inspiring and uplifting. Definitely a GREAT READ."
"Hard to put down . . . A must read for women's soccer followers and hopefully sets a standard for future books on the women's game."
–TribalFootball --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
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.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B01912P6XS
- Publisher : Mariner Books; Reprint edition (September 26, 2016)
- Publication date : September 26, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 34681 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 274 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1328745627
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #555,375 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Carli Lloyd has developed into a premier womens soccer player (perhaps the best in the world).
Ms Lloyd tells the story of her rise from local recreational soccer to her winning of the 2015 womens Balon d'Or (award as the best womens soccer player in the world).
Her journey starts as most, with her loving (although a bit overboard - helicopter as they call it today) parents. Her recognition in high school, club and college soccer, to her being cut from the womens U21 team.
She meets her trainer James, and her life changes.
James takes Carli and helps her to train, become physically fit, unselfish, and a good teammate - although Carli remains a bit neurotic.
Other things happen to Carli however, as her relationship with her parents goes from great to no relationship.
Eventually Carli does make it back to the Womens National Team, and goes on to win 2 Olympics, and finally a World Cup.
The book talks about the relationships that Carli has with teammates, families, Brian (her seemingly saint like) boyfriend, parents, coaches and friends.
While the effort and dedication that Carli Lloyd has to herself and to soccer is inspirational, it was very difficult (as a parent) to see her relationship with her parents dissipate to no contact for years. It always takes two parties to tango -as they say - and in this case, you cant help but feel that Carli is a tad bit selfish. And shame on her parents for allowing themselves to just ignore and avoid their own daughter. I was going to give the book 4 stars for this reason - until I realized that life is not like a movie - bad things do happen to good people, and not all problems can be solved
I found myself cheering for Carli, Cheering for her and her family to get back together (which did not happen in the book), and for my own kids to recognize the dedication to success that they will need, whether they continue to play sports or they choose other careers.