Carli Lloyd denies that recent comments on the decline of USWNT culture refer to race and gender.
In two recent podcasts, Lloyd said he “dislikes” playing at the USWNT in recent years due to cultural changes after the 2015 World Cup.
Some USWNT fan bases think that the team means “a little too progressive.”
“Culture does not mean that” everyone appears early and brings snacks. ” “Culture” means “too diverse,” co-host Alexis Guerreros said in the football podcast “The Cooligans.”
In an interview with an insiderLloyd further expanded her comment, stating that what she was referring to was simply “culture on the ground.”
“Culture for me has been the culture of the national team since its inception,” Lloyd told insiders. “All those players, they brought the fight. They brought the hunger. They brought the desire. They brought the spirituality. They brought the attitude of never dying. They brought to find a way to put the ball behind the net, whether it was 91 minutes or not. It slowly disappeared after 2015. “
Lloyd denied that she “was referring to culture by race, gender, or whatever,” and said it led to a story in which social media conditions were not always accurate. rice field.
“People just take clips, people take what they say, and they throw their spins and their stories on it,” she said. “I wish the world didn’t look like this”
She also said that it is “human nature” that players from successful teams like USWNT, who won the four World Cups, are “self-satisfied.” To stay prosperous, teams need to remain competitive and hungry. She claims that USWNT didn’t have it in recent years.
“You have to keep rising,” she said. “And you have to keep playing and performing as if you haven’t achieved anything.”
Lloyd says she wasn’t the only one who felt less motivated to win, saying “I wasn’t a team.” She also attributed the USWNT bronze medal finish at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to a perceived lack of cohesion.
Canada won the gold medal after defeating USWNT in the semi-finals. Lloyd helped the USWNT win the medal by scoring two goals in a bronze medal match against Australia.
“I was in a situation where I felt that way, and some others [players] Otherwise, the whole team felt like the culture wasn’t good, “she said. “Culture was not good at training sessions. When we left the training field together in the dining room, the culture was not good.
“If anyone saw the bronze medal match and the Tokyo Olympics, everyone could see us falling apart. There were some of the best players there. In terms of talent. On paper, we should have won, we should have gone there, we should have defeated the team, but we didn’t because we weren’t a team and what this team was There was no culture that had been successful over the years. “
Lloyd has hope for the younger generation, saying “I saw that hunger” at the 2022 SheBelieves Cup, which was won by the USWNT.Some young players I did an outstanding performanceIncluding Catalina Macario and Emily Fox.
“I saw that drive. I got a glimpse of it, and that’s what we need,” Lloyd added. “It’s the duty of these young players. If they continue to play for this team, they must continue to share that culture and bridge it with the next few generations.”