- HometownDelran, New Jersey
Date of Birth: 7/16/1982
College: Rutgers University
How Acquired: Trade with Houston Dash (1/19/18)
Carli Lloyd grew up in Delran, N.J., and played her college soccer at Rutgers University. She made her debut for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2005, and she now has more than 250 international caps and 100 international goals. She is also the highest-scoring midfielder in U.S. Women’s National Team history.
Over the years, Lloyd has been known to rise tallest on the grandest of stages, scoring the game-winning goal in the Gold Medal Match of both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She was also responsible for one of the most phenomenal performances in FIFA Women’s World Cup history when she registered a hat trick in the opening 16 minutes of the 2015 Final against Japan. She finished the competition with six goals and received the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament, which was the first FIFA Women’s World Cup championship for the U.S. WNT since 1999. She capped off 2015 by being voted the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, again winning FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year accolades in 2016. She was also voted the runner-up to the award in 2017.
Lloyd began her professional club career in the 2009 season of Women’s Professional Soccer with the Chicago Red Stars. The following year, she signed with her hometown club Sky Blue FC before joining her personal trainer James Galanis in 2011 with the Atlanta Beat, where he became the head coach. When the National Women’s Soccer League was founded in 2013, Lloyd was allocated to the Western New York Flash, scoring eight goals in 15 matches. She was also responsible for both goals in a 2-0 win against Sky Blue FC that eliminated the New Jersey club in the NWSL Semifinals that year. Lloyd was moved to the expansion Houston Dash in 2014, recording eight goals and five assists in 19 contests en route to NWSL Second XI accolades. She was again named to the NWSL Second XI in 2015 after tallying four goals in 12 matches for the Dash. During the 2016 campaign, she registered five goals and three assists in just seven games for Houston. Lloyd next played on loan for Manchester United in 2017, helping the team to the FA Women’s Cup. She then returned to the Dash and scored two goals in eight games during the NWSL season.
At the youth level, Lloyd played for the Medford Strikers and won a pair of New Jersey State Cups. The former New Jersey ODP standout also helped the PDA Galaxy to the 2001 U-23 National Championship and claimed MVP honors for her efforts.
For more on Carli Lloyd, check out her official website.