When we're traveling for games, I always go down and have breakfast with the team - that's a must.

I fuel up every morning, no matter if it's with a shake or a breakfast bar on the go. I eat well, but I have my cheats. I eat cookies, chips, and have a Coke, but only on days that start with S.

I wish I could score as many goals as I can in 'FIFA.'

In order for me to perform the best I can out on the field, I have to fuel my body with the proper nutrients to be able to do all the running. I'm running four or five miles every game, so it's a lot. Even at halftime, I take electrolytes and have half a peanut-butter-and-jelly or whatever is sitting there just to keep my engine running.

My mantra is 'healthy body, healthy mind.'

I think without struggle, you can't grow as a person - I think you need that in your life.

It's a dream that we, as women footballers, get to play in the same stadium as the men.

Everyone is an athlete. You want to go hiking, you want to go biking, you want to go jogging or for a walk? You're automatically an athlete.

I'm super active, so sitting on the couch and staring at the walls isn't ideal for me.

Playing for the Washington Spirit, the 2013 season was one of the most difficult I have ever experienced.

I usually have three fried eggs every morning. It always has to be three: two is just not enough, and three won't put me over edge.

I surround myself with good people who make me feel great and give me positive energy.

It's a privilege and an honor to play for the national team, but I think that the training that I was in at Frankfurt was the highest level right underneath.

It's always tough to play against teams that bunker or 'park the bus' inside the 18-yard box, but we always try to focus on our game and how we can overcome the obstacles that the game presents to continue to get better and score goals.

If the spaces open up in the attack, then of course I'm willing to take it because I love to get involved; I love to get crosses in. I love to do combinations and just bring a different aspect to our game.

I try and be super vocal on the field because that's what we need, and that's what I want to do.

Anything that I can do individually to help our team is what I want to do.

Although, at times, soccer is a challenge to mind, body, and spirit, fundamentally, the progression of the U.S. women's game and those who play it reflects a distinctively American culture, rooted in our struggle, shared aspiration, hard work and self-determination.

I have to remember I am a defender first and do my job there first and foremost.

You never know when it's going to be your last time to step onto the field.

I have learned the hard way that concussions are not fun.

It is cliched, but you have to beat the best to be the best.

I felt like the Germans were being mean to me at training, but they were actually just trying to help. I learned really quick - which made me a better player. I'm appreciative of the way they treated me. It's just the language and, of course, as an American, I had to learn that. No offense to them; I love them to death, and I love my teammates.

Our daily work ethic - that need to always do better and top our last performance - is what makes USWNT football players who we are.

I love kids, and I really liked the idea of getting involved with something that was all about giving kids the opportunity to walk, run, or maybe even play soccer someday.

My dad has always played and coached, so that's what I knew. I played other sports but always turned toward soccer and had the same love for it as my father. They never forced me to play; I always wanted to. I was always around it.

In 2005, I would have never guessed that I was at risk for a pulmonary embolism. I was 21 years-old, playing college soccer and just living the dream.

I want to get good enough so I can play in Mia Hamm's golf tournament for her foundation and have an event of my own someday. I'm so competitive, I don't want to go and just pretend I'm a good golfer.

I am super close with my brother. He is my ultimate role model. Growing up and having a family break apart, you know, when my parents divorced and things like that, it was a struggle, and all we had was each other at the time.

When you're at the highest point of your career at the highest level in your sport, any moment that you have these setbacks and injuries is devastating. You have to start back from zero, and you never know if you're going to get back to where you once were.

I was No. 11 because my mom played basketball in college and was always No. 22. I just cut it in half, and I kept that. I've been No. 11 most of my life, and in college, I was No. 22.

I love my legs because they make me powerful and they make me feel strong. They've held up ever since I was young and have helped me get where I am today and be this successful.

My 20s were really tough, just traveling and living in different countries, and now I feel like I know what I want from life.

I'm grateful that I got a good education and to have all the people I have around me.

I don't think there's any disappointment in my career because everything that maybe didn't go my way was a learning experience.

I can only control myself, my actions, my work ethic, and my attitude.

It's a part of my lifestyle to be healthy and eat healthy. I don't feel like I need to be like, 'You can't have this. You can't have that. You have to have this. You have to have that,' because then I feel like I will get inconsistent. I indulge when I want to, but try to be healthy every single day, too.

Lifting isn't my favorite thing, so I have to keep it fun and do exercises that I really enjoy.

In college, girls would come up to me: 'I want your calves.' It just makes me laugh. I guess people pay a lot of money to have the types of bodies athletes have.

I'm proud of my body, I'm proud of my sport, I'm proud of being a female athlete.

Just find things you think are fun, and then you'll be more inclined to want to go work out.

The World Cup focus is football. Team U.S.A. is more than football.

On game days, I'm pretty boring: I like to rest and watch TV with my legs up so I'm not on my feet too much before the match.

I know it sounds crazy, but in order to run, I need something to chase after.

I think it's nice to have a variety of lineups and formations to use against different opponents, depending on what they bring.

Because I don't like to play on a full stomach, I try to eat a bigger meal in the morning and less throughout the day leading up to the game.

I know, firsthand, that soccer brings people together - all it takes is a ball and a few people, and the seeds of friendship are planted.

I always need a little something sweet after dinner. Although I try to stay pretty disciplined with my nutrition when I'm in season - my brother Kyle eats super clean and always gives me nutrition advice - when I want something, I have it because I feel like you can really get in trouble if you restrict yourself too much.

I drink coffee 30 minutes before I want to nap. I think that really helps.