PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers junior Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) has been invited to train with the full U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team May 11-16 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
This will mark Lloyd’s second experience with the National Team. On April 21, she was brought in for a day of training while attending the Under-21 National Team Camp at the Home Depot Center.
The National Team is in the midst of a four-month residency camp, preparing for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens this August. Approximately 30 players are competing for one of the 18 Olympic roster spots and four alternate bids.
“I am kind of nervous, but it’s good that we just played them recently,” said Lloyd. “I kind of know some of them from playing against them. The Olympics is something that’s in the back of my mind. Even if I don’t get the chance this year, she (head coach April Heinrichs) will know me and could take me next time. Everything has happened so fast. I’m just going to take it day-by-day this summer and see what happens.”
Following the May 11-16 session, the National Team will enjoy a week off, returning to camp the week of May 24. Lloyd will either be invited back for that camp, or will travel with the U-21 National Team to Brazil for a training session May 20-31.
During the most recent Under-21 Camp (April 16-25), 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.
Lloyd has had a very successful spring with the U-21s, attending five camps, and this marks 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. The U-21s are preparing for the 2004 Nordic Cup, which will be held in Iceland July 19-30.
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.