PISCATAWAY, NJ – Former Rutgers University standout Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) scored twice as the U.S. Women’s Soccer Under-21 National Team won its second straight match at the Nordic Cup, cruising to a 4-0 triumph over Denmark on Friday.
Scoreless with just five minutes remaining in the first half, midfielder Lori Chalupny hooked up with Lloyd on the first of her two goals, pushing a square pass to her right for the cutting Lloyd. She hit a first-time rocket from 18 yards out into the left corner to open the scoring.
It took the USA 40 minutes to get another goal and once again it was created by Chalupny. The USA’s left midfielder raced down the flank and crossed the ball back into the middle on the ground where Lloyd once again hit it first time, slotting the ball into the right corner from 12 yards out. Lloyd, forward Heather O’Reilly, and Rapinoe each have two goals in the tournament so far.
The Americans will take on Germany Sunday, July 24, in Karlskoga. The USA must win, as a tie would send Germany to the title game by virtue of a larger goal difference. The Nordic Cup is considered the top international competition for the under-21 age group
The midfielder has 11 caps with the U-21s, scoring four goals, and she is one of four “overage” players on the 2005 U.S. roster. The U.S has won seven of the last eight Nordic Cups, including the last six in a row.
Lloyd earned her first cap with the U.S. Women’s National Team, playing in the Americans’ 7-0 victory against Ukraine July 10 in Portland, OR. Lloyd entered the match in the 64th minute, her first international appearance with the Full National Team. She nearly had an assist in the closing minute, sending a ball over the top to a streaking O’Reilly, but O’Reilly’s shot missed just wide of the right post.
Lloyd has been busy with the U-21 National Team this spring, participating in a training session in mid-June that included two matches in British Columbia and one contest in Seattle, WA. She registered a hat trick in a 5-1 victory at BC Select June 14, and added a score and an assist in the 7-0 win against the W-League’s Seattle Sounders June 17.
The 2004 BIG EAST Conference Midfielder of the Year who also became the first Scarlet Knight to earn first-team all-BIG EAST honors four times during her career (2001-2004), she helped lead the U.S. to the Nordic Cup titles in 2002, 2003 and 2004. She had two goals and an assist at last year’s tournament, starting every match, and she contributed an assist on the game-winning goal in the USA’s first-round victory in the 2003 Nordic Cup.
Lloyd was named to the Soccerbuzz All-America Second Team, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Region All-Third Team and the Soccerbuzz Mid-Atlantic Region First Team in 2004. She ended the season with 21 points (10 g, 1 a) to finish her career as Rutgers’ all-time leader in points (117) and goals (50). The four-time All-American also was a finalist for the 2004 Soccerbuzz National Player-of-the-Year Award and was named a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, the official NSCAA national player-of-the-year award. During her time “On the Banks,” Lloyd helped lead the Scarlet Knights to four BIG EAST Tournament berths and two trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a Sweet Sixteen finish in 2001.
Rutgers finished the 2004 season with a 9-10-1 mark overall and a 4-5-1 record in conference play, advancing to the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament.