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Title:
When nobody was watching : my hard-fought journey to the top of the soccer world
Author(s):
Lloyd, Carli, 1982-
ISBN/ISSN:
9780544814622 (hardcover)

0544814622 (hardcover)

9780544976801 (hardcover signed edition)

0544976800 (hardcover signed edition)
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Physical Description:
242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Beginnings -- Strikers forever -- Smackdown -- National attention -- One cap at a time -- Coach's crosshairs -- World of trouble -- Fine china -- Letting go of gold -- Empty Cup -- Wonder in Wembley -- Coaching carousel -- Coaching carousel part II -- Character builders -- Disappearing act -- Addition by subtraction -- World-beater -- Pure gold.
Abstract:
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 performance by 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 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, the 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 mind of an athlete who willed herself to perform at the highest levels of competition.
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2016]
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Summary

Summary

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 thenaysayers, 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.


Author Notes

Carli Lloyd is an American soccer player, born in Delran Township, New Jersey in 1982. She is a midfielder and the co-captain of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. She scored significant goals in 2008 and 2012 (the team winning the gold medal in both years) and 2016 Olympics. She has played in three FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments, 2007, 2011 and in 2015, winning the gold. Some of her awards include the FIFA Golden Ball (2007) and Silver Boot (2015). She was named FIFA World Player of the Year, 2015. Currently she plays for the Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League. She has written a memoir, When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World, with Wayne Coffey.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

For Carli Lloyd, a 2015 World Cup winner, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and 2015 FIFA World Player of the Year, success didn't come easy. A standout player from an early age, she still at various times found herself cut, riding the bench, or fretting about her precarious position on the U.S. Women's National Team. If that's hard to reconcile with her audacious, three-goal performance in last year's World Cup final, Lloyd says in this memoir that she's at her best when she has something to prove and someone to prove it to. With the publication of star striker Abby Wambach's Forward just two weeks ago, fans of women's soccer have a unique opportunity to peer inside the minds of two of the game's most dominant players. Where Wambach focuses much more on her personal journey and relationships, Lloyd writes freely about the players and personalities she's encountered during her time on the national team. From coaches past and present (Greg Ryan was capricious and demanding; Pia Sundhage a betrayer; while Jill Ellis is almost a soulmate) to the players (she respects Wambach, but they aren't close, and she remains a loyal friend to the controversial Hope Solo), Lloyd covers in some detail the drama she claims she always wants to avoid. Lloyd portrays herself as a grinder, someone whose inability to play political games is counterbalanced by her ability to do the work. Saying fitness has never come naturally to her, she puts in a truly astounding amount of effort with James Galanis, her personal coach and trainer, working out even when others advise her to rest. Galanis, whose sway over his mentee is one factor in a lasting family rift, puts together a long-term plan in which Lloyd will become the best player in the world one that ultimately comes true. Some of the re-created dialogue is a bit wooden, and Lloyd includes a few too many motivational emails from Galanis, but this book is a remarkable portrait of the relentless drive and sacrifice required to truly be the best.--Graff, Keir Copyright 2016 Booklist


Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
Prologue: What You See Is What You Getp. 1
1 Beginningsp. 11
2 Strikers Foreverp. 23
3 Smackdownp. 31
4 National Attentionp. 47
5 One Cap at a Timep. 59
6 Coach's Crosshairsp. 67
7 World of Troublep. 79
8 Olympian and Outcastp. 97
9 Fine Chinap. 107
10 Letting Go of Goldp. 117
11 Empty Cupp. 129
12 Wonder in Wembleyp. 137
13 Coaching Carouselp. 155
14 Coaching Carousel Part IIp. 167
15 Character Buildersp. 175
16 Disappearing Actp. 187
17 Addition by Subtractionp. 197
18 World-Beaterp. 205
19 Pure Goldp. 215
Epilogue: Priorities, Progress, Passionp. 223
Acknowledgmentsp. 225
Photo Creditsp. 229
Indexp. 231

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