It took putting one foot in front of the other every single day to get through it to the point where I made it back on the team and won a gold medal in 2008.
I played in Europe and it was a great experience, not just because of my team-mates and the coaches we had, but from the fans and the city itself - I played in Gothenburg and I played in Lyon and soccer was everywhere.
I think people have different definitions of team unity. My definition is doing whatever it takes to win, what makes a great team; it's performance on the field, respect on the field.
In front of the world, all of a sudden I'm a great athlete and I'm put into an environment with 25 other women and I'm expected to go to team meals, team functions.
I put all of my energy into building the game and giving women opportunities and, to put everything into it and then to be deemed selfish or not a good team player or outspoken, it's been hard. But at the same time, I'm going to get the critics and I know that.
Female athletes are supposed to be toned down. You're always supposed to talk about the team and never stand out.
I don't need a captain's band to lead a team to victory.
Of course Seattle loves soccer. You can see from the men's Seattle Sounders team.
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