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Carli Lloyd says USWNT culture became ‘toxic’ after 2015 World Cup

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Carli Lloyd took to Instagram on Wednesday to expand on her recent comments regarding the USNWT’s culture.

On “Hope Solo Speaks,” a new podcast hosted by former USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo, Lloyd said she “hated” playing for the team in recent years due to a perceived change in culture.

In a video posted to her social media, she declined to name specific names but called out both teammates and the USWNT’s management.

“If there’s no collective one, if there’s no collective goal, no team or business can be successful with a poor culture. In every successful team, nothing becomes bigger than winning,” she said. “And when things and other things become bigger than performing and the will to win, that is when the culture is no longer good enough.

“By culture, I am referring to mentality. Respect for coaches, teammates, support staff. I’m also talking about the drive, the desire, the hunger, the fight, the accepting a role and doing it to the best of your ability. Giving it your all every time you step on the field, giving it your all in training, and giving it your all whether it’s five minutes on the field, 10 minutes on the field, 60 minutes on the field or 90 minutes on the field. It doesn’t matter.

“You represent the crest and you represent your country with pride because there are millions of other people who would love to be in our shoes playing on the national team, and so you can never take it for granted.”

Lloyd also spoke with “The State of the Union” podcast on Tuesday, saying that she saw a change in some of the focus after the USWNT won the 2015 World Cup. The culture afterward, she said, was “toxic,” with some players opting to focus more on building their own brands than winning as a team.

“In 2015, winning a World Cup obviously put us on a really big, big stage, and endorsements started coming, and the spotlight started coming, and I just saw a shift in people’s mindsets,” Lloyd said. “It became more about ‘what can I do to build my brand off the field? What can I do to get an endorsement deal,’ and less about what we have to do when we step in between those lines.”

Lloyd retired from the national team in 2021 after logging 316 caps, the second most all-time.