Carli Lloyd Received Offer to Kick in NFL Preseason Game After Viral Video

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2019

Baltimore Ravens' Sam Koch holds the ball for United States soccer player Carli Lloyd as she attempts to kick a field goal after the Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens held a joint NFL football practice in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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United States women's national soccer team star Carli Lloyd was offered the chance to suit up for an NFL team during a preseason game, her trainer told Fox Sports' Martin Rogers.

"Today, she got another call from another NFL team," James Galanis said. "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."

Galanis added Lloyd turned down the opportunity since the USWNT has a friendly Thursday against Portugal as part of its post-2019 Women's World Cup victory tour.

However, Lloyd told Rogers that she is "seriously considering" potential opportunities in the future. "I am having discussions with my husband and James about the reality of playing in the NFL," Lloyd added. "They both feel that I could do it and should consider it. So I'm seriously considering it, as it's a challenge [and] I would probably enjoy it."

Lloyd's resume on the soccer pitch speaks for itself. She's a two-time World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist and was the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2015 and Best FIFA Women's Player in 2016.

The 37-year-old showed her skills can translate to the gridiron as well. She visited the Philadelphia Eagles during training camp and connected on a 55-yard field-goal attempt:

Carli Lloyd @CarliLloyd

Thank you to the @Eagles for having me out! Thanks to @JustinTuck @jake_elliott22 @MayorRandyBrown for the good time and tips! 🏈 🎯 #55yd https://t.co/owZ16f46Th

The video made the rounds on social media, and Rogers wrote Lloyd "was approached by multiple NFL teams."

Were it not for the USWNT exhibition, she would've had a shot at becoming the first woman to play in an NFL preseason game, though Rogers noted Lloyd "likely ... would have turned down the chance in any case, due to the limited amount of preparation time."