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When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World

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From the celebrated star of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, an inspiring, uplifting, and candid memoir of how she got there.

“If a player trains when nobody is watching, she might be able to do superhuman things when the entire world is watching. Like scoring a hat trick in the first sixteen minutes of a World Cup final, an eventual 5–2 victory over Japan. Or topping
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 26th 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Jen Knapp Definitely. The worst language in it is "shit" and maybe a "damn," but even those happened maybe once or twice. When I read it, I actually thought tha…moreDefinitely. The worst language in it is "shit" and maybe a "damn," but even those happened maybe once or twice. When I read it, I actually thought that this was at a level more appropriate for younger readers than for older ones.(less)

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Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A memoir. Written by a woman. About soccer. I’m surprised my local book store didn’t just automatically set it aside for me. This shit is my jam.

If you aren’t a fan of women’s soccer (and if you enjoy sports, you should check it out), you probably hadn’t heard of Carli Lloyd before last summer. She’s been playing for the US Women’s National Team since the early 2000s, but she stepped hard into the spotlight during the World Cup in Canada last year, when she scored three times in the final win ov
Hailey Hudson
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It kind of bothered me that this was written in present tense, but I love Carli Lloyd, so it's all good.

"Blank out everything and be the hardest worker, the quickest thinker, the most efficient, most creative and most dangerous player on the field."

"Carli has achieved so much, and she trains as if she's achieved nothing. That is a very rare quality."

"If you keep working at 80 percent, you won't get anywhere... you need to start treating every training session, every game, as if it were a World C
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!! Carli Lloyd is a real as they come. It was so cool to see the inner workings of the USWNT from her perspective. Her single-minded focus on her goals is beyond anything I've ever read about other athletes. It's also interesting to see how her focus initially led to a negative reputation of sorts, when Carly talks about times when she was perceived as being a player who isolated herself from team bonding. I giggled during the parts when she called out a few of the people who ha ...more
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ever since the World Cup last summer, Carli Lloyd has been the face of Women's soccer. I closely follow the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, so I thought reading this book would be of great interest to me. Carli Lloyd tells her personal story about her family problems and set backs in soccer. I loved reading this autobiography because I can definitely relate to parts of her life. It is pretty cool to know that a huge celebrity had a similar childhood to me. I even found that Carli and I both g ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: east-coast, canada
Carli Lloyd is a class act. She is so inspirational and a wonderful role model for young women. She is straight forward when telling her story, it's not sugar coated. I highly recommend this to any fan and yes it can be read to the young fans as well, mine ate it up. I hope her parents do come around and make peace with Carli, life is too short!
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
If only James Galanis had taught Carli how to write...
David Collins
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Buy this memoir, read it, be inspired by it, and either
a) pass it on to your favorite teenage jock or jockette who can actually read books, or
b) donate it to a local high school library.

Since 1999, I have loved the US Women's National Team, warts & all. These athletes have inspired millions of American girls to grow into strong women, and our nation needs more strong women. They have served as role models, mostly positive, both on and off the pitch. They come from a variety of backgrounds, not a
Kris Fabick
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I hope people looking to decide if they want to read this book don't see my two star rating and think I didn't enjoy it (according to the Goodreads descriptions, two stars means "it was ok" not "this was a bad book"!), but I fear this book has many noncritical followers (as evidenced from some of the reviews I saw). Overall, this was a great (and real!) story of triumph, dedication, and authenticity that ought to encourage and uplift anyone (male or female, involved in sports or not). It is alwa ...more
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
you don't have to like soccer to like this book, it was very inspirational and pushed me to work harder
Katy Boehmer-Abbott
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When author and professional soccer player, Carli Lloyd when nobody is watching, she can change the world when everyone is watching. For instance, scoring a hat-trick in the World Cup final or writing a world class memoir, When Nobody is Watching. The memoir follows the career of a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a World Cup champion. This inspiring and uplifting story shares the battle Lloyd faces to get to the top.
As a member of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, she assisted the tea
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Book club choice for this month. I like soccer. I really do. While I spend very little time watching sports of any sort on television, I have been known to watch a major soccer match-up. And little kids' soccer has been a staple of many Saturdays for years now. Carli Lloyd is a STAR, unquestionably, but the real star of this autobiography is her coach/trainer James Galanis. If every aspiring athlete had someone alongside them like Galanis...well, there would be more interest in lifelong sports a ...more
Morgan Dewey
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Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was Really good. I loved it to the point where I couldn’t put it down. I gave it 5 stars because it’s a great book for people whether they like soccer or not. Sometimes when people write biographies about sports they only appeal to people who like the Sport. Carli Lloyd did a great Job making it interesting for people who don’t play soccer. She also did a great job explaining positions and what they mean so that these people can understand what she is saying. When Carli Lloyd was cut f ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Poorly written and difficult to read, this does nothing to make Lloyd more likable. Given her worship of Galanis, its a good thing she found soccer otherwise she'd be in a cult. The only thing in her life seems to be soccer since there's an apparent lack of any insight into her actual personal life.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD!! I love Carli Lloyd so much and in this book you can really tell how genuine she is when she talks about her passion for soccer. She has a singular focus and it's incredible to see how that focus has gotten her to where she wants to be and how it will continue to drive her for the rest of her career.
Stacia Saniuk-Gove
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
No thank you. Struggled though this as Carli explains only superficially her life in soccer and beyond. Poorly ghostly written, Carli comes off snobby and not a team player. 2 stars because it is about women's athletics and the USA national team, but there are other books that aren't quite as self-centered.
Morgan Potter
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
While Carli Lloyd was vague in terms of her personal life, the extreme detail that she wrote of her rise to an all star was well worth it. The hardships she faced made the ending all the more rewarding as she was finally able to showcase her talent. Overall the book is well written with great details that round out the character of the soccer star
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a fine read, but I could have done without a lot of the snark towards other USWNT players. Lloyd comes off as fairly unlikeable, angry at everyone, and a bit immature. You can definitely write an honest book without it being negative, but this book did not do that.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, bio-autobio
I followed the USMNT pretty closely -- but I tend to only hear about the drama with the USWMNT it was nice to listen to this story that cut through the drama and its honest so that's always refreshing.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love reading about female athletes that I follow, especially on the US Women's National Team. So much fun.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: soccer
a well written biography that Lloyd is very open about her soccer and life. It definitely should be a read for anyone starting out in a career (soccer, sports, business, life) about working hard.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is very interesting. I’ve been one of her fans for a long time. It was interesting to read about her life and the work it took to get to where she is now.
Marty Monforte
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
In her autobiography, Carli Lloyd discusses her formative years as a soccer player and her experiences with the United States Olympic Team. From the beginning of her life, Lloyd likes sports and competition. She was active and "in motion" as she says.

She writes about the different teams that she played for as a youth. From an early age, she learned the importance of hard work and determination. She was blessed with athletic talent, but she has clearly done her best to develop and cultivate her
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports, biography
I first heard of Carli when someone mentioned a lady that scored a hat-trick in the world cup final all in under about 20 mins. The last kick from the half way line. Pretty impressive in its own right, right? What made this little vignette even more interesting was the fact that she had been practising that same half way line kick for the last 10 years or so pretty much every day! This is a football biography (soccer) about a young lady who was rejected quite a few times in her life and told tha ...more
Emma Callahan
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
When Nobody Was Watching is an autobiography written by Carly Lloyd who talks about her soccer journey. Looking at the player she is now and watching her play on my TV win many world cups and being the star of the U.S. National Women Soccer team, it looks like she just got there from a little hard work and natural talent. You don't see all of the hardships she had to face to become the champion she is today. There were many coaches in her life who told her she was not cut out to be a national pl ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

“When Nobody Was Watching” by Carli Lloyd was the most inspiring book I have ever read. After I finished this book it made me love the game of soccer even more because if something was ever a challenge for Carli Lloyd she got through it and that made me feel like I could too. She is an all American Soccer player for Delran, New Jersey. She was ranked the FIFA women’s player of the world in 2016 after the Women’s World Cup. This book was about her from when she was my age to her age right now (
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up in appreciation of Lloyd being the best player on our 2015 World Cup champion team. The writing is not great, but the story has some interesting points.

- People respond differently to motivational techniques depending upon their psychological makeup. Lloyd needs the 'tough love', the occasional mental slap to get her going. She could have been a footnote in the history of the U-21 team, but instead she listened to a trainer she'd known for two hours, who would go on to be h
Soccer was pretty much my first love, and I retain a vague interest in soccer memoirs, so I thought I'd give this a go. It's...not great. Impossible to know how much of the writing is down to Lloyd and how much down to Coffey (the ghostwriter), but it ends up feeling pretty bland. The present tense didn't work for me, and there's very little development of characters beyond Lloyd and James Galanis, her trainer.

What there is is a lot of soccer. Huge swathes of the book that are rundowns of tourna
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Steer clear of anything that isn't helping you get where you want to go."

"Committed. Relentless. Confident."

"You don't back off. You don't pay attention to negativity in your head. You refuse to give in."

"It's not how you start that matters. It how you finish."

"You can do it if you keep getting better and work harder than everybody else."

"I have no fear. I don't have fear of success, and I don't have fear of failure. I can do whatever you want me to do. Now let's go."

"What sort of teammate are
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Nobody Was Watching by Carli Lloyd, was a fantastic biography. This story is all about Carli Lloyds life, and her journey to a World Cup victory. It starts off in her home town of Delran Township, in South Jersey just about 20 minutes northeast of Philadelphia. Lloyd played high school soccer, and then gained a roster spot on the U-20 Women's National Team. After having her U-20 coach explain that she was not fit for this level, Lloyd knew she had to put in the work to prove him wrong. She ...more
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