June 2, 1980
There are standards of the game that FIFA governs and promises to uphold.
If you break an individual record, it's because of the greatness that comes before you.
2014 was physically a tough year because I injured my knee, and you know how that goes with your emotions and the mentality.
I want to reduce my risks as much as possible and hopefully be able to go to the World Cup fit, ready and healthy.
Having different people come together and be on a team and win a world championship is literally, I think, the definition of being American.
People don't understand that the feel of the surface is so important for a footballer. The ball travels on the surface; our feet move on the surface - all of that goes into how the game is actually played.
When I was in college, I learned to really take care of my body and figured out what works best for me and what doesn't work for me when it comes to my nutrition. That helped so much on the field because soccer is such a fitness-oriented game.
I'm going to do anything I can do - whether that's being part of FIFA or creating some sort of movement that can actually impart real equality across all lines - in every country, every city, every sector all over the world, that's what I'm going to do.
From a pretty early age, my mother realized that I was a little bit more gifted and talented than my own age group. So, she moved me over to play with the boys' travel soccer team when I was about 11 years old.