and US Women's National Team Member Carli Lloyd, who has just won
US Soccer 2008 Female Athlete of the Year ( U.S. Soccer Athlete of
the Year award is the highest honor awarded to soccer players in
the U.S.) is the next star to take part in the LMS interview.
LMS: How old were you
when you first started playing soccer and who/what inspired you to
play? Carli Lloyd: "I started
playing soccer when i was 5 years old. "
LMS: What has been your
career highlight to date? CL: "My career highlight
has been winning the 2008 olympics and getting my first gold
LMS: What is the
best/worst game you have played in and why? CL: "I have had many
good games and many bad games but it is important for me to take
away the good in my bad games and work harder the next time. you
can't always play well every game but you must evaluate when you
are not playing well and keep it simple and find other ways to be
LMS: Do you have any
superstitions or pre-match rituals before a soccer match? CL: "I don't have any
superstitions just drinking a lot of water prior and stretching a
lot and making sure i mentally prepare for the game."
LMS: What advice would
you give to someone thinking about getting involved in women and
girls soccer? CL: "Try it out, and
have fun no matter what."
LMS: What are your
hobbies/interests when you are not playing soccer? CL: "I like to golf,
shop, hang out, watch movies, play the wii, and scrapbook."
LMS: In your opinion,
how has women's soccer progressed since you first started playing
and what would you like to see for the future of women's
soccer? CL: "Women's soccer has
evolved so much especially around the country, players are becoming
so good and the competition is so much harder."
Rebecca: Chicago is my
town and i am really excited for you to come to chicago. Do you
like the Chicago Redstars team so far and have you met all the
players on that team? Carli Lloyd: "I think I
will love the Chicago Red Stars team. We haven't started yet but
the prospective players seem really nice and really talented. I
know its going to be the best place for me!"
AJ Hickman: How did it
feel to come back to the US with the gold medal around your
neck? Carli Lloyd: "It felt
amazing to come back with a gold medal. The best accomplishment of
my career. I will never forget that day I was standing on the
podium with my teammates. I pinch myself sometimes and say wow I
really am an Olympic Champion."
LMS: Thank you for
taking the time to answer our questions. Good luck in the upcoming
Women's Pro League.
Visit Carli's Official Website: www.carlilloyd.com