5 Special Skills That Make Carli Lloyd a Midfield Maestro
Carli Lloyd, reigning FIFA World Player of The Year, is a one of the best center-midfielders our country has ever produced.
The New Jersey-born World Cup winner has shown some incredible tenacity, work rate, ability and the heart of an unrelenting competitor throughout her career.
Let's take a look at some of the special abilities that make her our Captain America.
1. Two-Footed Player
Carli Lloyd's ability to play with both feet absolutely sets her apart from other midfielders. She can trap, pass, and shoot equally as good with either foot, and this opens up countless passes, goal scoring opportunities, and touches that players with one weaker foot simply aren't equipped to navigate at a high level.
Focusing on building technical ability, and comfort, with both feet is one of the most important things any aspiring young player can choose to focus on. If you want to become a true midfield maestro, you've got to develop both feet.
2. Warrior Physicality and Mentality
Lloyd prides herself on being one of the toughest players to ever put on the badge of the red, white, and blue. Her commitment to tackling and winning the physical battles against her counterparts is exemplary, she never shies from a tackle, be it in a friendly, or the final of the World Cup, Lloyd is a player that is 100% willing to lay it all on the line for her team.
Developing that warrior physicality, and balancing it with a mentality of equal strength, will give players' the edge over their opponents, so never back down, and keep your emotions under your control.
3. Creative Vision & Invention
Wearing the No. 10 for Club our Country comes with a lot of pressure and expectation, and Carli Lloyd welcomes that spotlight and attention, she feeds off it, and uses her brilliant vision and minds-eye to spot incredible passes, or pull-off the audacious and mercurial.
Reading the game, and having a picture in your mind of what you're going to do, who your going to play the ball to, where you want your first touch to take you, etc. before it happens is what sets the top midfielders apart from the rest of the field.
Becoming a strong technical player is prerequisite to being the innovator and creator, so make sure you're devoting enough time on that skill set as part of your player development.
4. Threat From Distance
Few players on the USWNT can strike a ball from distance like Carli Lloyd, she welcomes the relaxed opponent who gives her space and time at the top of the box, knowing that her range is ever expanding, and she's always up for having a go on target.
Being able to properly strike a ball from distance doesn't require bulging muscles, it's all about proper technique and mechanics.
Any player can learn to become a threat from distance if they put in the time on the training ground, repetition, building muscle memory, and developing a habit of good technique is the key to being able to rip a screamer into the top corner from 30-40 yards out.
5. Decision Maker in Chief
Soccer is all about making decisions at 100 miles an hour. Knowing when to play a ball over the top to get runners in behind, when to put your foot on it and slow the pace down, to build and rest in possession, these types of processes and computations are what soccer is all about.
Carli Lloyd is one of the best when it comes to making good choices and decisions, take the time this summer to watch the USWNT go for gold in Rio, and start to absorb some of the great abilities that make Carli Lloyd our conductor of the orchestra, general of the troops, and midfield maestro wearing the iconic No. 10 jersey.