The prospect of a women playing in an NFL game seems far off, but apparently not as far as we thought.
U.S. women’s national team star Carli Lloyd is used to going viral for one of her kicks, but this time it was a different ball.
Lloyd made an appearance at Philadelphia Eagles training camp a week ago, where she gave out kicking field goals a try. Lloyd nailed a 55-yarder with ease.
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) August 20, 2019
According to Fox Sports, one NFL team was so impressed that they reached out to Lloyd with an offer to play in a preseason game this week as a tryout.
“Today, she got another call from another NFL team,” Lloyd’s trainer, James Galanis told Fox Sports. “The one that called today, I don’t want to say who it is, was willing to put her on the roster for their next (game). They were willing to put her on the roster.”DIG DEEPERSports news you need to see.
Lloyd will be playing with the national team Thursday against Portugal, prohibiting her from taking up the unnamed team on its offer. Still, the overture is a step up from the previous level of interest Lloyd had received. Last week, the 37-year-old said she’d “got some inquiries.”
“Knowing Carli, I don’t think she would just hop on and do it,” Galanis told Fox Sports. “She would need a couple of weeks training just to get comfortable and acclimatized. But things have escalated and it is real.
“I think Carli is perfectly made out for a job like that. She loves the pressure. She’s got one of the hardest kicks in the world when it comes to women. She is great at long-range balls — she displayed that by scoring a goal from just past the halfway line in a World Cup final — and she is definitely in tune with the mechanics. She would be an ideal candidate.”
Lloyd, a two-time FIFA Player of the Year, is one of the most decorated international soccer players in the country’s history with a pair of World Cup championships and two Olympic gold medals.