August 20, 2015 Last Updated 12:35 pm

US soccer hero Carli Lloyd to have memoir published by HMH

Well, good for her, she deserves it. Carli Lloyd, the US women’s national soccer team captain, has signed a book deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Lloyd, if you recall, merely scored three goals in the first 16 minutes of the game – something that if accomplished by anyone in the Men’s World Cup would have been rewarded with a statue or something (they did get a ticker tape parade in NYC, also well deserved).

The book will come out next year in the fall and will allow Lloyd to talk about her career, and more.

The press release is below (though I should note that it always bothers me when women are referred to by their first name is such releases, while men are usually referred to by their last name):

NEW YORK, NY – August 20, 2015 — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) announced today that it will publish the memoir of US women’s national soccer team captain, Carli Lloyd, who helped pave the way for a US victory in the World Cup final by scoring an unprecedented hat trick in the first sixteen minutes of the game in July 2015.

CLheadshot-210The memoir, scheduled for release in Fall 2016, will reflect on Carli’s soccer career — from almost quitting the game in 2003 to finding a trusted trainer who helped her focus on fitness, mental toughness, and character to become one of the best players in the world.

“It was clear that Carli channeled something deep inside the day she made history in the World Cup final,” said Susan Canavan, Senior Executive Editor, HMH. “But the fact is she has been working toward this level of supreme athletic performance her entire life, through ups and downs, triumphs and disappointments, all the while with a steely determination. Her story is an inspiration to all women and athletes who strive to achieve something greater — and are willing to work for it. We are delighted to bring that story to readers.”

“Winning the World Cup with my teammates was one of the most thrilling moments I could imagine,” added Lloyd. “Getting there was a long journey, sometimes rewarding, sometimes challenging, but worth every moment of hard work and sacrifice. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to work with Susan and HMH to tell my story. I think it will be a book that will inspire and motivate players, fans, coaches and anyone who wants to achieve their dreams.”

The North American rights were sold at auction by Jay Mandel at William Morris Endeavor to Susan Canavan at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The memoir will be followed by a special edition for young readers.

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