We’re highlighting all the New Jersey Olympians this summer because there are so many to watch for. Carli Lloyd will be playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team in Rio again this year.
Carli Lloyd grew up in Delran and played high school soccer at Delran High School. While still in high school, Lloyd played for W-League sides Central Jersey Splash in 1999, New Brunswick Power in 2000, and South Jersey Banshees in 2001.
She attended Rutgers University and played for Rutgers Scarlet Knights women’s soccer team from 2001 through 2004. She was coached by Glenn Crooks and was named First-Team All-Big East for four straight years. She was also named the 2001 Big East Rookie of the Year and the 2004 Big East Midfielder of the Year.
Before her senior year at Rutgers, Lloyd played for New Jersey Wildcats in 2004, on the same team as other NJ soccer all stars Kelly Smith, Manya Makoski, Tobin Heath, and Heather O’Reilly. She made only one appearance for the club.
Lloyd scored the gold medal-winning goals in the finals of the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics. She also represented the United States at three FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments: the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in which she helped the U.S. win bronze; the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in which the U.S. won silver; and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where Lloyd scored a hat trick in the final in captaining the U.S. to its third title. Last year she won FIFA Player of the Year. She’s amazing!
She has a really cool and informative website that you should check out while you cheer for her and the rest of the US Women’s Soccer team in Rio: CarliLloyd.com.
We can watch US Women’s Soccer beginning August 3rd and the medal games are on August 19th on NBC.
We’ll keep you apprised of when each NJ athlete will compete so stay tuned to YDKJ for all the NJ Olympian news you can handle!
[photo via carlilloyd.com and bio info via wikipedia.org]
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