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"That was it." Galanis employs what he calls the Five Pillars: physical power, mental toughness, character, technical skills and tactical awareness.
Both Lloyd and Galanis acknowledge the mental piece was one of the biggest obstacles, but she dutifully attacked the tasks he gave her. She sees that I'm always working to make her better," Galanis said. And we knew it was special right from the beginning." Lloyd's success wasn't magic; it was both a process and hard work, Galanis said.
"And I see that she's fully dedicated and she's all in 110 percent with this. There were also setbacks: Lloyd was benched before the 2012 London Games by then-coach Pia Sundhage, who liked the combination of Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday in the central midfielder position.
The demotion didn't last long, however, because Boxx was injured in the opener.
It was 2003 and Lloyd was having what could best be described as a career crisis. She decided to play out her senior year at Rutgers and then move on from soccer. Lloyd has scored the gold medal-winning goals in both the 20 Olympics. In the 13 years since, he's been her coach, mentor and even psychologist as she's risen to the top of the game.
A talented midfielder who had excelled since she was 5, she'd been cut from the under-21 U. So after Lloyd scored her hat trick to lead the United States to victory last summer in the Women's World Cup final, she thanked Galanis.
"And from that point on, from the minute we started together, everything that he's asked of me, I would do it every single day and I'm still doing it today." Galanis is brutally honest about what he found when he first started working with Lloyd: a gifted player who had been coddled by coaches and who wasn't willing to put in the work to be great. "She was so much better than everyone else, but I knew that someday she was going to meet up with the rest of the Carli Lloyds, and because of her inconsistency and her lack of fitness she was in for rejection at some point." Galanis was a player himself back home in Australia.
He came to the United States in 1997 and saw potential in training high-level soccer players for professional careers.
In 2000, he founded the Universal Soccer Academy in Lumberton, New Jersey.
"James told my dad, 'Look, I'm going to train your daughter for free. And all I ask in return is that she be as dedicated as she can be,'" Lloyd said.