Carli Lloyd is coming home to New Jersey to play for Sky Blue FC (Photo by Lou Lazarte)
Rutgers Graduate Was 2008 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year
Somerset, N.J. (Monday, October 19, 2009) – Defending Women’s Professional Soccer champion Sky Blue FC announced today that it has agreed to terms with 2008 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Carli Lloyd, pending league approval. The Delran, New Jersey, native is a graduate of Rutgers University, and she joins the team after spending her first season in WPS with the Chicago Red Stars.
“Carli Lloyd is an exciting addition to our team,” Sky Blue FC head coach Pauliina Miettinen commented. “Carli will be strengthening our midfield with her tremendous work ethic. She is a person willing to do extra on the field and stay after practice. That is the kind of person we want on this team. I am also excited for Carli because she is back playing in front of her friends and family.”
Lloyd was born in Delran, New Jersey, and was twice named Parade Magazine All-America (1999, 2000) while attending Delran High School. She then continued her playing career at Rutgers University, where she became the first player in program history to receive First Team All-Big East accolades in each of her four seasons in Piscataway. The 2004 Big East Midfielder of the Year ended her collegiate career in the school record books as its leader in points (117) and goals (50), leading the Scarlet Knights to a pair of NCAA Tournaments. She capped off her senior year at Rutgers as a finalist for the Soccer Buzz Player of the Year Award and was also a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
“I have a lot of memories of playing in New Jersey, and it is great to be back home,” Lloyd remarked. “I am very excited to be part of Sky Blue FC and to be playing with so many players that I already know so well from being teammates on the national team. When you have that kind of familiarity, it really translates onto the field, and I can’t wait to get started!”
On the international level, Lloyd was a member of four Nordic Cup championships teams with the U.S. U21 National Team from 2002-05, and she first trained with the full national team in its 2004 Olympic Residency Camp. She earned her first two caps in 2005 and then made the first two starts of her national team career at the 2006 Algarve Cup. The following year, Lloyd earned MVP honors at the 2007 Algarve Cup and also played in her first FIFA World Cup.
"We are thrilled to have Carli play for Sky Blue FC,” General Manager Gerry Marrone said. “She is one of the tremendous talents developed in our state, and a hero among all soccer fans. She will bring great soccer ability to the team and play on the field where she excelled as a collegian. We all welcome Carli back to New Jersey. Who says you can't go home again?!"
Lloyd continued to advance her game with the national team in 2008 and was named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year. She started all 35 matches in the midfield for the U.S. National Team, scoring nine goals while adding nine assists. She also played all 600 minutes in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and tallied the game-winning goal in extra time of the championship final with Brazil, helping to bring the United States the Olympic Gold Medal.
Lloyd, who was named to the national team roster for its upcoming October 29th match with Germany, spent the inaugural season of Women’s Professional Soccer with the Chicago Red Stars after the club took her in the WPS Allocation Draft of the U.S. National Team. She made 14 starts for the Red Stars and scored a pair of goals with an assist.