PARIS — Carli Lloyd isn’t superstitious. Really.
Yet her parents and now husband, Brian Hollins, came to the 2007 World Cup, and the U.S. women lost. Some of her aunts and cousins joined Hollins at the 2011 World Cup, which the Americans also lost.
But none of her loved ones were at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, when Lloyd scored in overtime to give the United States the gold medal over Brazil. Same for the London Olympics in 2012, when Lloyd scored twice as the Americans beat Japan.
And the 2015 World Cup, when Lloyd had a hat trick as the Americans won the title for the first time since 1999? You guessed it.
“There is a trend,” Lloyd acknowledged Friday.
So it should come as no surprise that while other U.S. players have their parents, siblings and significant others following them around France this month, Lloyd does not.
But it’s not superstition.
Carli Lloyd controls the ball against Thailand defender Kanjanaporn Saengkoon. (Photo: Michael Chow, USA TODAY Sports)
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“For me it just, it works. It’s the formula,” said Lloyd, who is notorious for her exacting preparation. “I don’t have to worry about my friends and family, whether they’re having fun. Or, if I go see them for 15, 20 minutes and then maybe I feel a little bit guilty. `Oh, I should have spent another five minutes with them.’ I don’t have to worry about them at all.
“And it’s fantastic.”
It’s more about her than it is about them, Lloyd added.
“They’re not overbearing,” she said. “It’s not a huge, huge distraction for me but it’s just something that is there. Whether my mind wants to go there or not, it will be thinking on that.”
Should the Americans reach the final, however, Lloyd did say last month that some tickets “may possibly” be waiting for her husband.
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