Former Manchester City midfielder Carli Lloyd has admitted that the USA are wary about the threat of some of the European nations at this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Stars and Stripes battered Thailand 13-0 in their opening fixture in Reims on Tuesday evening, one of the stand-out performances in the first round of group matches.
Very few nations have shown their full potential in the tournament so far but USA midfielder Lloyd believes that her side should be very wary of the threat of some of the European nations later in the tournament.
“I think in this World Cup we are seeing a major tactical shift” said Lloyd when speaking to FAWSL Full-Time at the USA team hotel.” A lot of teams are looking really good.
“Sweden are knocking the ball around well, Norway looked good and Italy are a bit of a dark horse.
“You are really seeing the tactical and technical aspects of the game change.
“You are seeing more and more teams fit, so it’s great to see.
“Lets also see how England do today but I have been enjoying every second of it.”
Lloyd came off the bench to net USA’s record-breaking 13th goal against Thailand. Despite the USA not letting up in that game, Lloyd took a moment after the match to wish Thai goalkeeper Sukanya Chor-Charoenying well.
Speaking about that moment, the midfielder said “This team is full of players who want to go all out but we are still human.
“You’ve got to feel for the goalkeeper letting in 13 goals, if you don’t then I don’t think that you have much of a heart.
“After the game, I felt for her and wanted to speak to her. The world didn’t really need to see that.
“I didn’t know if she understood English but it was really cool and that is what the sport is about.”
The USA will be hoping to continue to produce the goals when they take on Chile at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Sunday evening.