Carli Lloyd has a brand new ride in her driveway. And no, she won’t be apologizing for being excited about it.
The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year shared a photo Monday morning on Twitter of her in a new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. It was a simple message thanking the company and sharing her pride in being “part of the VW Family.” U.S. Soccer and Volkswagen announced a three-year partnership in January 2019 ahead of the USWNT’s World Cup victory.
While the post drew plenty of likes, it also elicited harsh criticism in the comments. Fans called it “in poor taste” and “tone deaf” given the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down the country.
Three hours after the initial post, Lloyd took to Twitter again to say she won’t be apologizing for posting her excitement over a new car.
It is sad that I have to explain myself but I am choosing to be thankful. Thankful for my health. For time with my husband. I am choosing to put a smile on my face despite what is going on. It has given me a new appreciation for life.— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) March 30, 2020
So yes, I am thankful that after a month the car arrived and appreciative of it. End. Of. Story.— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) March 30, 2020
Lloyd said while she is saddened at what’s happening in the world, she is also finding reasons to be thankful. Practicing gratitude is good for self-care, reducing stress, getting more restful sleep and overall staying healthy during a scary time.
Lloyd has been sharing tips on her social media feeds for her fans to stay healthy. Last week she shared videos on how to train during a quarantine and has been supportive of cancellations, such as the Tokyo Olympics. That’s a decision that could have a monumental impact on her career.
Along with her United States women’s national team cohorts, she urged everyone to stay home as part of Nike’s “Play inside, play for the world” campaign.
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