Throughout the 2011 Women's World Cup, STACK will release new episodes of All Eyes on U.S.—a video series documenting the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team's journey as they chase their World Cup championship dreams.
The excitement of the 2011 Women's FIFA World Cup continues as the United States tied Brazil in the final seconds, then won on penalty kicks. Such excitement is familiar territory, though, for midfielder Carli Lloyd. While training for the World Cup back in Columbus, Lloyd spoke with STACK about her contributions to the team, her second World Cup experience and her self-confidence through thick and thin.
"Some of the strengths that I bring to this team are trying to be that playmaker in the center of the field and dictating the tempo," Lloyd says. Teams from around the world are getting a firsthand lesson on her dazzling play and commanding skills on the pitch. Lloyd adds, "It's a tremendous accomplishment playing in a world championship. This is why you play the sport. You train every four years to play in something like this."
Witnessing Lloyd in the weight room, we had no doubt her training prepared her to lead her team to a World Cup championship. Her experience and confidence as an elite soccer player have catapulted the U.S. into a comfortable position in Group play after three games. Much of her confidence comes from her ability to pick herself up after a poor performance and continue improving her level of fitness.
Stay tuned for the final episode of All Eyes On U.S., wherein we reveal the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team's training strategy.
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