PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers rising senior Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) will train with the U.S Women’s Soccer Under-21 National Team June 21-27 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
Lloyd has had a very successful spring with the U-21s, attending five previous camps, and this marks her third consecutive year training with the national program. During her 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 score in a 1-1 tie. Lloyd also went to China March 17-29 with the Under-21 National Team for a three-match trip, and she had a goal and an assist as the U.S. defeated the full Chinese National Team 2-0 March 28 in Jiangsu. 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.
Lloyd also trained with the full National Team this spring, attending training sessions April 21, May 11-15 and May 24-June 4.
Lloyd is competing for a 2004 Nordic Cup roster spot, which will be conducted in Iceland July 19-30. She 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.