Carli Lloyd might seriously pursue career in NFL, but not until 2020

The buzz around Carli Lloyd possibly becoming an NFL kicker has been tremendous. In the week since the USWNT star kicked a 55-yard field goal at Philadelphia Eagles practice, she’s been contacted by NFL teams actually interested in her. It went from something she did just for fun to a real opportunity.

But it looks like the world will have to wait a year before we see Lloyd pursue that opportunity. Lloyd’s longtime coach, James Galanis, told ESPN on Tuesday that if she wants to seriously pursue becoming an NFL kicker, it would have to wait until next season.

"If she's going to do this, she'll do it -- she'll train in the offseason, she'll get herself ready so that she just doesn't do it for the sake of doing it," Galanis said to ESPN. "If she's going to do it, she's going to do it so that she can be a success."

It seems like both Lloyd and Galanis are serious about giving it a shot. In the past week, the two have had conversations about how to adjust her kicking style, and shortening her run-up to two steps, which is customary for NFL kickers.

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United States' Carli Lloyd warms up before the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between England and the United States, at the Stade de Lyon outside Lyon, France, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
United States' Carli Lloyd celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Chile at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
United States'Alex Morgan, left, leaves the field as she's substituted by teammate Carli Lloyd during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Spain and US at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
United States' Carli Lloyd, left, fails to score a penalty shot during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Chile at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
United States' Carli Lloyd, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
MANHATTAN, NY - JULY 10: Carli Lloyd #10 of United States holds the 2019 FIFA World Cup Trophy during the Ticker Tape through the Canyon of Heroes. This celebration was put on by the City of Manhattan to honor the team winning the 2019 FIFA World Cup Championship title, their fourth, played in France against Netherlands, at the City Hall Ceremony in the Manhattan borough of New York on July 10, 2019, USA. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NY - JULY 10: Carli Lloyd #10 of United States holds her arms up as with the USA banner behind her during the ceremony on the steps of City Hall after the ticker tape parade down Broadway and through the through the Canyon of Heroes,. This celebration was put on by the City of Manhattan to honor the team winning the 2019 FIFA World Cup Championship title, their fourth, played in France against Netherlands, at the City Hall Ceremony in the Manhattan borough of New York on July 10, 2019, USA. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)
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"We'll try kicking balls with a couple of steps," Galanis told ESPN. "And if her range is still the same ... then that's an important piece we knocked over because we'll know that she can kick the ball 55 yards with two steps, the same way an NFL player could.”

Lloyd threw out the first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies-Pittsburgh Pirates game on Tuesday night, and addressed her possible NFL future with NBCSports Philadelphia reporter Gregg Murphy.

“I think I definitely could do it with the right practice and the right technique and get my steps down and figure all that out,” she told Murphy. “But I don’t want to go in there blindly. I want to actually attempt to do it (the right way), but I know that I definitely could do it, because anything I set my mind to do I can do it and I actually do kick balls for a living. So, yeah, it’s all about the technique, and we’ll see what happens, but I’m now entertaining the idea.”

It’s a little disappointing that we’ll have to wait a year to see Lloyd endeavor to be an NFL kicker. But she has to do what’s right for her and her actual, real life career as an elite soccer player. And something tells me that teams will still be interested when she finally gets down to training.

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