As women professional athletes, you have to have respect for every player and individual. Beyond that, it doesn't matter what your interests are. People can have their own lives.

I don't just want to focus on soccer, soccer, soccer. You're going to look back 20 years from now and of course you're going to remember the games. But I'm going to remember seeing my family in the stands.

I think people have different definitions of team unity. My definition is doing whatever it takes to win, what makes a great team; it's performance on the field, respect on the field.

I couldn't have been a great goalkeeper without power, agility and quickness.

I have no personal beef with Brandi Chastain. There's nothing personal.

My personal life is in the spotlight, but people say what they want to say. The truth isn't in the spotlight, I should say. I'm in the spotlight, but not the truth.

When I was younger, I was a complete tomboy. Then in college I started emerging out of the tomboy stage and dressing differently.

I'm just going to embrace every experience.

You're not going to be liked by everybody when you speak the truth. I don't speak the truth to put people down; I don't speak the truth to show disrespect.

I think every athlete has their window of opportunity, and you just have to jump on it. You never know when it can end. So I'm just trying to live large while I have the opportunity.

You can predict all you want, but everybody knows what predictions get you.

When the Olympics and World Cups come around, that's when you see the real outpouring of support that there really is for female football.

I think people who don't have conflict in their lives are just trying to please people and not really living life to the fullest.

It's a complicated thing, knowing how much pain my father caused in my life and the lives of others whom I love, yet still holding love for him in my heart. No matter what he did, he was my father. He helped create the person I am.

I have an attitude. It's what I do. I'm edgy. I have an attitude.

I try to live my life one day at a time, and if I look too far in advance, I get really stressed.

When I did 'Dancing With the Stars,' everyone in Hollywood was saying I had too much muscle.

I like to read books and be alone; I'm not social butterfly person. I'm sorry.

L.A. is a bit strange. It doesn't seem like the real world.

I hate the cliche of 'just have fun,' but what I've seen in today's sports, especially with parents, is they put so much pressure on the kids.

I've had marriage proposals, invitations to military balls and even a few prom offers from 18-year-old boys.

I have a lot of critics; we all know that.

I've learned that winning isn't everything, and it's more about the journey. But at the end of the day, I just want to stand on the podium with the gold medal.

My life goes in four-year cycles. The World Cup is every four years and the Olympics are every four years.

I travel a lot and rarely make it home to Seattle.

My father showed me so much love. He showed my brother so much love.

It took putting one foot in front of the other every single day to get through it to the point where I made it back on the team and won a gold medal in 2008.

I never felt the same passion for the game in the States and there were a lot of headaches, a lot of obstacles to overcome - it didn't just run itself for the love of the game because soccer is not the No. 1 sport as it is in Europe.

I need a life outside of soccer. So I very much welcome, you know, new love interests and dating and friends and family.

I just want to stay in my hotel room, read my book. I enjoy that private time.

In truth, 2007 was the hardest year of my life. I lost my best friend. I lost my father.

Every athlete acquires routines as a way to help control nerves.

Growing up, I felt insecure about my build. I didn't feel very feminine. But as time went on, I learned to completely embrace my body.

Nobody really knows who I am, where I came from, what's in my heart, why I believe in the things I believe, what I see behind the scenes and they don't see.

No one wants to lose, period. It should hurt, it should sting, and you don't want to feel that feeling again.

Being responsible and taking care of your body is truly how you make your pay cheque, how you excel and succeed in your lifelong goals, so for me it's just an everyday lifestyle.

I wear my dad's cross. It's very important to me. I hang it in my locker before each game.

I live for competition. It makes my life complete.

There are so many different walks of life, so many different personalities in the world. And no longer do you have to be a chameleon and try and adapt to that environment - you can truly be yourself.

My life is a beautiful struggle.

On a global stage, I have respect in the goalkeeping world.

Female athletes are supposed to be toned down. You're always supposed to talk about the team and never stand out.

My father was never around. But I glorified my father, and I was always daddy's little girl. He was my first soccer coach.

Everybody should be affected by their own realities in their own lives, their own struggles in their own lives. It makes us who we are, and we all know that.

A lot of people think I'm naturally confident. I am not naturally confident!

You know journalists. You know the media. They are going to hang on to anything negative they possibly can.

I have a problem with players who don't take the loss personally. At a professional level you should - it's our job, it's our livelihood, it's who we are at this level. Every loss should be taken that personal.

Of course Seattle loves soccer. You can see from the men's Seattle Sounders team.

I don't need a captain's band to lead a team to victory.