Book Review: Carli Lloyd

There was almost a world without the powerhouse Carli Lloyd on the USWNT. This is one of the few snippets you will learn when you read her biography along with what Lloyd thinks of Hope Solo, who gave her the second chance, behind the scenes at the Olympics and 2015 World Cup. Lloyd is breaking Women’s World Cup records, with incredible goals reminiscent of her hat trick in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final. She is an amazing talent who may not even find her way into the starting line up consistently in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Her Instagram is filled with training sessions and powerful quotes. “When Nobody was Watching: My Hard-fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World” shows what forged her steely resolve that fuels her dynamic game.

IMG_5064Lloyd knows exactly who she is and the goals she’s reaching for. Rarely do readers see individuals at the height of their careers (celebrity, athlete, performer) not seek the spotlight to sell their brands and actually reject high profile offers. Lloyd has an athlete’s perspective about being a soccer player as her brand–not model, not cover girl, not actress. With candid athletic honesty, this book is great for individuals who can relate with not being perfect and want to work to succeed. Hard work pays off. A drama free, no fuss, no muss athlete with work ethic and dedication is what you’ll find on these pages. Lloyd is honest about her relationship with her family, giving you her perspective. There are life lessons inside, not just how to be an athlete.

Lloyd shares her underdog mentality that has been the grit that has kept Lloyd going through many obstacles in front of her. Working when nobody is watching is not just the title but also the truth of how Lloyd became the core of the World Champion USWNT through overcoming adversity and perfectionism. Lloyd takes her readers through her childhood, personal life and soccer career leading up to winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Getting to know the Carli Lloyd off the field has put her dynamism on field in another light and on another level. She’s going to bed early and running extra miles when the others are out partying or getting ready for the day.

Get to know the USWNT’s favorite captain and goal scorer.

When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World by Carli Lloyd and Wayne Coffey, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 26, 2016, 256 pp.

Goodreads.com rating: 3.99/5 stars

 

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