"There's no denying it. I deserved to be on that field that whole World Cup, but I wasn't. And I think I've grown as a person, as a player. It sucked. It absolutely sucked."
women's national team star Carli Lloyd
, who started only one of the seven games in which she appeared at the 2019 Women's World Cup. She said her reserve role the last three years was the
"worst time of my life," affecting her relationship with her husband and friends and the "rock bottom of my entire career." She added, though, she learned a lot and was having more fun than she's ever
had in her career. (Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy