Carli Lloyd has recently opened up about her time playing on the U.S. Women’s National soccer team during the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France this year. Despite the team winning the tournament, Lloyd did not have positive things to say during an interview with Julie Foudy on her ESPN podcast.
She spoke pretty harshly about her diminished role with the US women’s national team.
“I’m not going to lie and sugarcoat it. It was absolutely the worst time of my life. It affected my relationship with my husband, with friends. It really was rock bottom of my entire career,” said Lloyd.
She played in all seven of the 2019 World Cup games, but her only start came in the group stage against Chile.
“There’s no denying it. I deserved to be on that field that whole World Cup, but I wasn’t. And I think I’ve grown as a person, as a player. It sucked. It absolutely sucked,” said Lloyd.
Despite her negative experience, she has plenty to be proud of. Lloyd became the oldest player to score two goals in a World Cup game, just a month shy of her 37th birthday. She scored in the first two games to set a new record with goals in six consecutive World Cup games.
Even though her experience on the team could have been a lot better, she was still happy to celebrate a second straight World Cup championship with her teammates.
“I was super happy for my teammates and happy for Megan [Rapinoe], who put the team on her back, and for several other players. It was great to see,” said Lloyd.