Although she hasn’t yet decided which BBQ establishment to visit, U.S. Women’s National Team captain Carli Lloyd will be in Kansas City this weekend.
She’ll be in town Sunday as part of her book tour, promoting her recently-published memoir, “When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World.”
Of local interest in the book are Lloyd’s first-hand accounts of Women’s National Team games involving familiar faces in Kansas City, including Heather O’Reilly, Becky Sauerbrunn and Lauren Holiday.
O’Reilly, in particular, is frequently mentioned in the book. Both O’Reilly and Lloyd are from the New Jersey area, and Lloyd writes of her friendship with the FC Kansas City and USWNT midfielder.
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“HAO (O’Reilly’s nickname) is a fantastic person and player,” Lloyd said in a phone interview. “She kind of encapsulated everything about the national team and what it stands for.”
Perhaps O’Reilly’s most famous moment at the international level was her 123rd-minute cross to Alex Morgan in the 2012 Olympics, which led to the game-winner. The account of that moment is featured prominently in Lloyd’s memoir, as is the two players’ celebration together following the 2015 World Cup victory.
Aside from her accounts of on-the-field national-team action, Lloyd also writes of her own struggles, including continued estrangement from her family.
When the national team played a match on Mother’s Day last year, the team’s mothers were flown out to walk onto the field with their daughters. But Lloyd, who writes that she hasn’t had a relationship with her own parents in several years, walked out with teammate Hope Solo’s grandmother.
Central in “When Nobody Was Watching” is Lloyd’s friendship with Solo, who was recently suspended and had her contract terminated with U.S. Soccer.
“It’s tough because I am close with Hope, and I really miss having her around,” Lloyd said in a phone interview. “I know that it’s really been shocking news to all of us and it’s been hard. Hopefully she gets to a point where after her suspension, she can work it out with U.S. Soccer and figure out the next step.”
Lloyd will be at Unity Temple on the Plaza at 2 p.m. Sunday for both a 30-minute conversation about the memoir and a book-signing session. Tickets can be purchased through Rainy Day Books.