Soccer hero Carli Lloyd on growing pains, being a role model, her high school coach and more

USA TODAY High School Sports

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Carli Lloyd was already the pride of Delran, N.J.

Within days of being a key part of the 2012 Olympic gold-medal winning women’s soccer team, Lloyd was back home in South Jersey sharing her joy with the entire community. There was a parade, she threw out the first pitch at a Phillies game, she spoke at clinics and did appearances.

Imagine what it might be like this time around.

Lloyd became the first to ever score at hat trick in the World Cup final Sunday and became the second American to win the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player. She was called out on Twitter by President Obama and her class and grace were widely noted when she passed the captain’s armband to Abby Wambach when the veteran came on to the field in her final World Cup match.


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