Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Lloyd: 'This is pretty crazy'
by Paul Kennedy, August 9th, 2012 8:59PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  olympics, women's national team

MOST COMMENTED

[OLYMPIC SPOTLIGHT] Carli Lloyd, who wasn't a starter when the Olympics began, scored both  goals to beat Japan in the final. She also had scored the winner when the USA beat Brazil, 1-0, in the 2008 gold-medal game.

"This is pretty crazy," Lloyd said.

With Shannon Boxx ready to go again after being injured in the opening win over France, U.S. coach Pia Sundhage kept Lloyd in midfield and benched Lauren Cheney, who taken over for Lloyd in the revamped U.S. midfield.

The move allowed Lloyd to do what she does best: strike from deep-lying positions.

She raced in from the top of the area to beat Abby Wambach to Alex Morgan's cross and put the USA ahead in the seventh minute.

The second goal was pure Lloyd: a blast from 20 yards to finish off a long run through midfield after the USA caught the Japanese on a counterattack.

"That's what I do best, dribbling and firing from a distance," said Lloyd. "I didn't think. I just kept going and unleashed it. It went in the back of the net."

Lloyd was named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2008 when she scored the winning goal in overtime of the Olympic final against Brazil.

She played all of 16 minutes at the 2011 Women's World Cup so it was tough to be benched weeks before the start of the 2012 Olympics.

''I worked my butt off day-in and day-out," she said. "I don't think there's anybody that works harder than I do. I was on a mission this Olympics to prove everybody wrong, and that's what I did. To show everybody that I belong on the field.''



1 comment
  1. Dennis Yunke
    commented on: August 10, 2012 at 8:55 a.m.
    And belong on the field she does. A coach always looks for a game changer and Lloyd is certainly that.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Business Reporter: Union teams up with Dogfish Head    
The Philadelphia Union will open to a new destination beer garden with Dogfish Head Brewery at ...
Columbus switches USL PRO affiliations    
The Columbus Crew will team up with the Austin Aztex to send players from its first ...
Lee Nguyen: Sitting back is not in Revs' DNA    
The New England Revolution tied an MLS record when it scored nine goals in its first ...
What They're Saying: Jerome Valcke    
"It is easy to destroy a reputation, it takes one second, it takes years to build ...
Champions League scenarios: 11 teams for five spots    
Eleven teams have qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League, and 11 more teams, ...
Video Pick: Bend it like Uesato    
Our favorite free kick goal of the week comes from J-League 2, where Consadole Sapporo's Kazumasa ...
Breaking down the NCAA Division I women's quarterfinals    
The NCAA Division I Women's Tournament moves into the quarterfinals with three games on Friday and ...
A back-heel sombrero from Greek boy     
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Greek youth soccer, in a game between AO Ioannina and Agia Eleousa, delivers ...
What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho    
"Obviously they must be very sad with the result but when we lose against a team ...
Report: W-League champion Pali Blues are folding    
The LA Blues won W-League titles as the Pali Blues in 2009, 2009 and 2013 and ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives