PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers junior Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) will train with the full U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team April 21 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
Lloyd, who has been training with the Under-21 National Team at the same facility for the last five days, will participate in the full National Team’s training session April 21. The National Team will then leave to travel to Birmingham, AL, for its April 24 match against Brazil, and Lloyd will return to training with the U-21s until April 25.
Last week, the U-21s played the full National Team twice, and Lloyd was a factor in both matches. She scored the U-21’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss, then helped set up a goal in a 1-1 tie.
This marks Lloyd’s fifth session with the U-21s this spring, and her third consecutive year training with the national program. Most recently, she traveled to China March 17-29 with the club for a three-match trip. The midfielder/forward had a goal and an assist as the U.S. defeated the full Chinese National Team 2-0 March 28 in Jiangsu, China. Lloyd scored the first goal in the 18th minute, then assisted on the second goal just two minutes later as the Americans defeated the world’s fifth-ranked team in front of 10,000 fans. The U.S. also 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.
This training session will lead to selections for a trip to Brazil May 20-31, followed by another training session in California June 18-27. All of this is leading up to the 2004 Nordic Cup, which will be conducted in Iceland July 19-30. Lloyd has helped lead the U.S. to the last two Nordic Cup titles, the top international competition for the U-21 age group.
Although she is 21 years old, Lloyd can still compete for the U-21 Team, as each country is allowed to field up to four “overage” players.
Lloyd led RU with 28 points (13 G, 2 A) this past 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 EAST Tournament.