Saying goodbye to NWSL season

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Carli Lloyd, right, scored eight goals in 15 games this season for the Western New York Flash.

Losing the inaugural National Women's Soccer League championship game against the Portland Thorns on Saturday night was obviously disappointing. We had a game plan set and did everything to prepare. We knew they had a lot of attacking personalities on the team, and we had to stay compact defensively, be physical and continue to do what we've been doing as a group. All season long, we were consistent in our performances; but, unfortunately, Saturday night just wasn't our best outing. But I guess that's the game of soccer and congratulations goes out to the Thorns.

We just couldn't find the rhythm that made us successful during the regular season. Both teams missed some opportunities in the first half. I personally missed a couple chances that would have impacted the game in a big way. Missed chances are hard to get out of your mind and stick in your head even longer when they happen in big games. On the other end, Portland put away their chances, which is why it won the title. We must give credit to them.

Whatever the outcome, Saturday was a good day for women's soccer overall. We just have to keep growing and marketing the game. Everyone involved in the sport needs to keep the momentum going now. We need to keep spreading the word that there is a women's professional league out there with quality players and quality teams. The NWSL is definitely moving in the right direction and I'm proud to be a part of it.

I said goodbye to all my teammates the other night, and I'm really going to miss them! We had a lot of laughs together throughout the season. We have a lot of funny characters on this team and I look forward to keeping in touch with everyone. Luckily, we have group texts going, so we still keep in contact. Hopefully, the majority of the group will be back next year with the Flash. It's definitely a good group; on and off the field, we became a unit. We enjoy playing together and enjoy each other's company away from the game. I'm really proud of my team and what we accomplished this season. Looking forward to 2014 already!

I'll be back in my home base of New Jersey training at Universal Soccer Academy in the fall and winter, flying where I need to for national team games. I'm looking forward to hanging out with my boyfriend Brian, who is a golf pro at a course -- in fact, I've already requested some free golf lessons from him.

I'm also looking forward to watching my hometown pro teams play. I plan to get to Phillies, Eagles, Sixers and Flyers games with my friends. I'll also spend time at the Jersey shore before the cold weather comes. I'm happy to be heading home and sleeping in my own bed in my own house, relaxing and taking things day by day.