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

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  984 ratings  ·  152 reviews
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 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…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 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 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 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
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
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.
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
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, n
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
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.
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
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.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
If only James Galanis had taught Carli how to write...
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.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, sports
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
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 (3
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
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
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
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was about a girl who won the world cup for America by scoring a hat trick against japan in the second half. The most amazing thing about is that she trained and trained every day and she never gave up which is absolutely brilliant. It also said somewhere about that she likes taking ice baths. The most amazing thing about her hat trick was that she practised the same move over again from the half way line and in the final she scored from the half way line.
I think you should read this b
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-reads
This was such a great read, I loved it so so much and it was right up my alley. I love reading biographies and nonfiction books especially ones about football and sports, so strait away I really wanted to read it. The book is about her life and being the best player in the world, there were so many interesting facts about her that hardly anyone would have known. There’s some many details about her games, her family, coach, and her teammates. This book is very inspirational, she is a real inspira ...more
Mikayla Habibi
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just when I thought I couldn't admire you any more than I do, Carli, you go ahead and write this book and tug at my heartstrings just a little tighter. I guess it never crossed my mind just how much drama and politics go into the game (which is totally unfortunate) but, you know, the sport is full of women willing to claw their way up to the top. In her book, Lloyd opens up about her family life. She talks a lot about how her and her family clash and how her family doesn't support her because th ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carli has the type of ambition rarely seen, and the accolades to prove it, and no kidding, she truly makes the reader feel like remarkable things can come from ordinary people. I’m having my soccer players read this, I highlighted a ton of passages for them.

Admittedly, there is nothing ordinary about Carli, she was born with crazy good athletic ability but she credits a work ethic more than talent. She tells us she’s not naturally fit, so she works harder. She talks about self-sabotage, and thi
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: autobiographies
I am not a soccer fan, but love to read sports biographies and Carli's story looked amazing. She is an amazing athlete and I loved to read about her story. However, this book is written in a very boring style which is why I gave it only 2 starts. I don't have a problem with celebrities using ghost writers. They should make the book more readable. Everyone has a story, but not everyone is a writer. That said, this ghost writer was awful. I'm sure why they chose the strange first person way to tel ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book I read was When Nobody Was Watching, by Carli LLyod. I really liked this book! Every time I started to read it I was inspired and motivated to keep working hard. Carli is a great role model in the most imperfect way. I say that because she feels more real unlike other athletes, she has gone through trials and sometimes in sports things didn't go her way. But she never gave up! Every time a coach said she wasn't good enough or didn't have the right skill level. She went out and trained h ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Confidence, swagger, ego - all necessary elements for great success & Carli has them in abundance. Talent came first; an impressive work ethic came later (but just in time) and this books is a front row seat to how it all happened. It is a very full serving of Carli - with what seems to be some very strong wordsmithing support from her co-author (what does that 'with' mean, exactly?), Wayne Coffey. Then there's the Chip on the Shoulder. It's practically a character in this narrative and clea ...more
Courtney Cushing
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography
This book was very well written. Carli accomplishes very much over her journey but includes very important parts in her life to prove that everyone goes through struggles and it took her very much work to be where she is now. She has put in so much time with her trainer James and pushed through very many hardships and doubts of other people to be where she is now. She does very well at proving her point of if you don't give up, you will get to where you want to be, considering after 13 years of ...more
Sheri S.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book much more than I would have thought! Carli Lloyd's journey to being an Olympic athlete and World Cup Champion is inspiring and shows what consistent, hard work can do for an individual who is motivated to improve themselves. Lloyd never took "no" for an answer and used criticism by coaches and the media to fuel her to do better. I appreciated her honesty regarding challenges in her relationships with members of her immediate family. She was also very frank about the drama inv ...more
Ethan Brock
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

When I first picked up the book When Nobody Was Watching, a biography on the all star women’s national player for the USA soccer team Carli Lloyd it immediately interested me and I couldn’t wait to read it. This book really gives you a sense of what it’s like to be in the life of a professional women soccer player in the US and what they have to go through compared to men’s sports and how they are even payed less for doing the exact same thing as men. Also, in the book Carli teaches you good lif
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