ALGARVE, PORTUGAL – Former Rutgers women's soccer standouts Carli Lloyd and Kim Brandao are competing for the US and Portugal National teams, respectively, in the Algarve Cup in Algarve, Portugal. In the US team's 4-0 win over China on March 5, Lloyd was named Sierra Mist Woman of the Match for a solid performance on offense and defense that included two assists and a goal in the 69th minute. She also started as USA won its second game in the Cup, 2-0 over Italy on March 7. Portugal is also 2-0 as Brandao has played significant minutes in the team's 2-0 win over Ireland on March 5 and 3-1 win over Poland on March 7.
Lloyd and Team USA (2-0) next face Norway (2-0) for first place in Group B on Monday, March 10 at Restinga Stadium in Alvor, Portugal. Brandao and Team Portugal (2-0) will take on Iceland (2-0) with first place in Group C on the line at Municipal Stadium in VR de SA, Portugal, also on March 10.
Brandao was a two-year co-captain who started 83 out of the 84 matches she played at Rutgers. She finished with two goals in 2006, including one to seal a win over Princeton. She was named to the all-tournament team at the JMU/Comfort Inn Classic. She earned TopDrawer-Soccer.com's National Team of the Week honors and was a three-time All-BIG EAST Second Team selection.
In 2004, Brandao was named to the Soccerbuzz Mid-Atlantic Regional All-Third Team and was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week twice that season, also earning a spot on the Soccer America and Soccerbuzz National Teams of the Week Sept. 14. In her sophomore season, she was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, the Soccerbuzz Mid-Atlantic Region All-Second Team and the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region All-Third Team. Brandao scored her first collegiate goal, the game-winner, at Virginia Tech. As a freshman, she was named to the Soccerbuzz Mid-Atlantic Region All-Freshman Team and the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team. Brandao was also a BIG-EAST Academic All-Star.
As a Scarlet Knight, Lloyd helped the Rutgers make it to four BIG EAST Tournament berths and two trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a Sweet Sixteen finish in 2001. She was the first RU player to earn first-team all-BIG EAST honors four times (2001-2004), and in 2004 was named the BIG EAST Conference Midfielder of the Year as well as being 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.
She finished her career at Rutgers as the 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.
Lloyd earned her first invitation to the Women's National Team camp during the summer of 2004, joining Team USA at its Olympic Residency Camp three times. Her first start for the WNT came on March 11, 2006, and she scored her first goal on Oct. 1 against Chinese Taipei.