What They're Saying: Carli Lloyd

"People are only talking about the kneeling aspect of it. I think it becomes more of a distraction because it gets our coach involved, our support staff involved and we as a team. We as a team have dealt so many things along the way whether it's off the pitch, on the field. We can handle it. At the end of the day, we're pros. Whatever is going on, we need to forget about it and just play soccer. But we do want to get back to playing soccer but that's not to say Megan can't continue to pursue what she's pursuing. I love Megan. We're good friends, and I've got her support and her back all the way.”

-- U.S. women's national team co-captain Carli Lloyd, who says she supports teammate Megan Rapinoe's stance of kneeling during the playing of the national anthem but says it has been a distraction as it has dominated the conversation in the media before and after games. (SI.com)
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