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Carli Lloyd on recent USWNT culture: ‘Hate it’

Carli Lloyd has blasted the recent culture of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team.

Lloyd appeared on the SiriusXM . podcast “Hope Solo Speaks” with her old teammates, and spilled the tea.

“Even within our team, the culture has changed,” says Lloyd. “It has been really difficult and challenging to play for the past seven years. Honestly, I hate it.

“It’s not fun to get in. It’s just for the love of the game, really, for me. I want to win and want to help the team, but the culture in the team is the worst I’ve ever seen.

“I hope that the future is bright and that some things will change.”

Lloyd, 39 years old, retire from football in 2021, played her last games with NWSL’s Gotham FC.

Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo embrace at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo embrace at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
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Hope Solo and Carli Lloyd at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
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She made her debut for the USWNT in 2005, winning Olympic Gold medals in 2008 and 2012, and the World Cup in 2015 and 2019. For both Olympic titles, she scored the winning goal.

Lloyd is the only member of USWNT who doesn’t kneel for the national anthem when they played against Australia last August at the Olympics.

Duel, who has been Lloyd’s best friend since 2007said it made her “really sad” to hear the news but she understands what Lloyd had to go through.

“When I was fired in 2016… every time I left the camp, Jerramy, my husband [Stevens] hates to see me sad,” said Solo.

“I don’t want to talk about the social aspect of the camp. I want to train my butt. I want to work my butt. I want to play the game. But I don’t want to be around the people and the culture of the team. It’s really difficult. I don’t think people understand how difficult it is emotionally and mentally.

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Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo at the 2015 ESPY Awards
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“Really hard. I just want to be a professional athlete. I want to be scary and I want to win. But you still have to play the political and social game sometimes. That’s hard for an introvert like me. It’s really difficult. ”

In addition to the alleged cultural issues within the team, the USWNT has been embroiled in a bitter pay dispute for years with US Soccer.

USWNT recently paid out $24 million, and Solo not happy about it.

“Six years ago we started our fight for equal pay, which I am proud to say I led when pushing for the arrival of a new Players Association CEO, Rich Nichols , someone I know will really fight for us and let us Solo write on Instagram. “His strategy to file an EEOC complaint is the boldest action any team has ever taken. It was not an easy request for anyone, and at the time the decision went against the wishes of the other players on the team now known as the ‘leaders’ of this war.

“Throughout the whole process, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan were the two who most agreed with the League and, to this day, continue to accept terms that are not the same as ours. Both know this is not a win. They knew it was an easy fight they never really got into. “

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