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Carli Lloyd Speaks Out About Culture Of U.S. Women’s National Team: ‘I Hated It’

Carli Lloyd, a two-time Olympic gold winner, gave a harsh assessment of the United States Women's National Soccer Team on Wednesday's episode of Hope Solo's new podcast "Hope Solo Speaks." "It was really difficult and demanding to continue to play for the last seven years. To be very honest, I despised it "Lloyd said himself. "It wasn't enjoyable going in. For me, it was just out of a desire to participate in the game. However, the team culture was the worst I'd ever seen and I wanted nothing more than to assist the club in its pursuit of victory." From 2000 until 2016, Solo was the goalie for the United States national team, and he expressed the same view, mentioning the culture of injecting politics into the game. "When I was dismissed in 2016, my spouse Jerramy (Stevens) didn't like it when I was depressed before leaving for camp," Solo said. "I really didn't want to participate in the social aspects of camp. I really wanted to train my a$$ off of him. I really wanted to work on my buttocks. I had a strong desire to engage in gameplay. Nonetheless, I didn't want to be near everyone or be a part of the team's culture. It was quite challenging. I don't believe most people realize how emotionally and psychologically draining this is for the family." "It's difficult," Solo went on to say. "I just wanted to be a professional athlete, and that was it. I wanted to be ruthless and successful, and I wanted to win. However, you will still be required to participate in political and social games from time to time. That's difficult for someone who is naturally reserved. It was quite challenging."

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A two-time Olympic gold winner, Carli Lloyd gave a harsh assessment of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team on Wednesday’s episode of Hope Solo’s new podcast “Hope Solo Speaks.”

“It was tough and demanding to continue to play for the last seven years. I despised it, “Lloyd said himself. “It wasn’t enjoyable going in. For me, it was just out of a desire to participate in the game. However, the team culture was the worst I’d ever seen, and I wanted nothing more than to assist the club in its pursuit of victory.”

From 2000 until 2016, Solo was the goalie for the United States national team, and he expressed the same view, mentioning the culture of injecting politics into the game.

“When I was dismissed in 2016, my spouse Jerramy (Stevens) didn’t like it when I was depressed before leaving for camp,” Solo said. “I didn’t want to participate in the social aspects of camp. I wanted to train my a$$ off of him. I wanted to work on my buttocks. I had a strong desire to engage in gameplay. Nonetheless, I didn’t want to be near everyone or part of the team’s culture. It was quite challenging. I don’t believe most people realize how emotionally and psychologically draining this is for the family.”

“It’s difficult,” Solo went on to say. “I just wanted to be a professional athlete, and that was it. I wanted to be ruthless and successful, and I wanted to win. However, you will still be required to participate in political and social games from time to time. That’s difficult for someone who is naturally reserved. It was quite challenging.”

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