PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers sophomore Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) has been invited to participate with the U.S. Soccer Women’s Under-21 National Team in its training camp April 11-20 at the ARCO Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.
Lloyd, who helped lead the U.S. to last summer’s Nordic Cup title, is making her second trip this year to train with the team, now under the direction of Texas head coach Chris Petrucelli. As part of the team’s training, the U-21 Team will play matches against the WUSA’s San Jose CyberRays and San Diego Spirit.
A two-time All-American, Lloyd was the 2002 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and earned her second consecutive bid to the All-BIG EAST Team this past fall after leading RU with 31 points (12 goals, seven assists). A selection to the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) 2002 Mid-Atlantic Region All-Second Team, she was one of 15 finalists for the 2002 Hermann Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s best female collegiate player, as well as one of 12 finalists for the Soccerbuzz National Player-of-the-Year Award. Following her freshman campaign, the midfielder was named an All-American by the NSCAA, Soccerbuzz and Collegesoccer.com. Lloyd also was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year after leading the league with 37 points (15 goals, seven assists) in 2001.
Rutgers finished the 2002 season with a 10-8-2 overall record and 4-1-1 mark in the BIG EAST’s Mid-Atlantic Division, advancing to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament.