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When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World (Hardcover)

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It is a rare treat to have memoirs by two of the best soccer players of all time come out in the same year. And, no, I am not qualifying Abby Wambach or Carli Lloyd as female soccer players, for they have proven themselves as elite within the entire sport—both World Cup and Olympic champions, Wambach as the highest international goal scorer and Lloyd as the 2015 FIFA Player of the Year. Known not only for their talent on the field, these women bring their struggles, triumphs, passions, and personalities (as well as an inside look at the USWNT!) to their books, and yes, reader, sports fan, feminist, human, you need them both, because together Wambach and Lloyd represent the power and diversity of the human spirit in sport.

— Melinda



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 the naysayers, 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.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780544814622
ISBN-10: 0544814622
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: September 26th, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English


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