As a midfielder, Lloyd at all times had a knack for scoring, whilst she coated way more of the area. Now Ellis would love her to concentrate on that fully, using her highly effective shot, her sturdy aerial recreation and her innate crafty to fill the subsequent yr with objectives.
“If you tell her that, ‘O.K., you need to score more goals,’ she’s going to score more goals,” the veteran defender Becky Sauerbrunn stated. “She’s going to do whatever it takes, and she’s going to have a chip on her shoulder.”
But she additionally provides one thing that her youthful teammates don’t: a deep reserve of big-game expertise.
“It’s kind of like there’s all these different parts of the game — tactical, technical, blah, blah, blah — and then there’s just the ‘moments’ part, where you have to win or lose games, where you need people to step up,” Lloyd’s longtime teammate Megan Rapinoe stated. “And she’s always been that person.”
Still, as she fights to stay related, Lloyd, a participant liable for so many large moments, has been attempting to concentrate on the small ones, too.
“As you get older you get a little freaked out, and you want your life to slow down a little bit,” she stated. “This final year or two, I want to live a little more in the present and enjoy each day and enjoy time with my friends and family and husband, and here with the team just enjoy the moment, whether the journey is easy or hard, savoring each day.”
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