U.S. Soccer Star Carli Lloyd Still Has High Hopes of Kicking In NFL One Day

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If Carli Lloyd had hopes of being a kicker in the National Football League, 2020 made sure it wouldn’t happen.

But that doesn’t mean she’s going to give up her dream.

The United States women’s national soccer team talked about the possibility of suiting up for a team last year, which would make her the first woman to play in the NFL.

Lloyd recently spoke on a panel discussion by Yahoo Sports with the Women’s Sports Foundation, she was confident that she could be a kicker if she put her mind to it.

“First and foremost I’m focusing on soccer at the moment, but I’ve always been a kid who loves a challenge,” Lloyd said on the Women’s Sports Foundation panel. “I’ve never backed down from any challenge.

“I know with proper training and the right technique and someone showing me how to properly kick, I know I could do it. It may have to get pushed a year or two, we’ll see. I know the times right now are a little up in the air, so we’ll see. I’m not ruling it out. You never know.”

Back in August, there were many reports that several teams had reached out to Lloyd to give her a chance to try out. One team was reportedly willing to add her to their preseason roster and let her kick in a game.

Lloyd ultimately stuck with soccer that year. If the 38-year-old does find herself on a roster, it would be a huge window open for women performing at a high level in the NFL.