PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers junior Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) had a goal and an assist as the U.S. Under-21 National Team defeated the full Chinese National Team 2-0 March 28 in Jiangsu, China. The U-21 Team played three “friendlies” in China during a March 17-29 training trip.
Lloyd scored the first goal in the 18th minute, then assisted on the second goal just two minutes later as the U.S. defeated the world’s fifth-ranked team in front of 10,000 fans.
The U.S. defeated Shanghai SVA, one of the top club teams in the country, 4-0 March 21. Lloyd started the match and scored the fourth U.S. goal in the 58th minute.
The Americans also defeated the Chinese Youth National Team 2-0 March 25 in Jiangsu.
This marks Lloyd’s third spring training with the U-21 National Team, and she has played in the last two Nordic Cups, the top competition in the world for this age group. The group will meet again in mid-April for a training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, CA, followed by a trip to Brazil. All of this is leading up to the 2004 Nordic Cup, which will be conducted in Iceland this July.
Although she is 21 years old, Lloyd can still compete for the U-21 Team, as each country is allowed to field four exempted players.
Lloyd, a midfielder, led RU with 28 points (13 G, 2 A) this fall, earning third-team All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) and Soccerbuzz. A first-team all-BIG EAST Conference selection for the third consecutive year, she received a spot on both the NSCAA and Soccerbuzz Mid-Atlantic Region All-First Teams.
The Rutgers women’s soccer team (10-7-5, 3-2-1 BIG EAST) advanced to
the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament and the quarterfinals of the BIG