Lloyd signed with Sky Blue FC this past offseason (Photo by Howard Smith, ISI Photos)
Lloyd Announces Eight-Week Junior Program and Summer Soccer Camp
Mount Laurel, N.J. (Tuesday, April 6, 2010) – U.S. Women’s National Team and Sky Blue FC midfielder Carli Lloyd has announced a pair of upcoming soccer programs that will be run in the upcoming months. Starting on April 21st, the New Jersey native will begin an eight-week training program and also in the works is a two-day camp that will run from July 19-20th.
“When I was young, I practiced all of my skills daily,” Lloyd reflected. “This brought me success on the field with my club team. From there a continuation of always playing by myself and finding ways to play and practice, I was able to put in the hours needed to become an elite soccer player. At my camp, I will be displaying both the skills and drills I did as a kid and also the mental habits I needed.”
The upcoming eight-week program will be conducted in a fun and educational environment, with basic skills such as juggling, dribbling, turning, foot skills, receiving, passing and shooting being among the planned regimen. This program begins on Monday, April 21st, from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The two-day program, which is planned for July 19-20th, will be run from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on both days of the camp. The location of the training will be at Universal Soccer Academy in Lumberton. In addition to focusing on basic skills, the training will also include aspects of increasing mental toughness. Registration for both of these programs is now open.
“I learned that it is so important to practice on your own and put in as many hours as you can when you are young,” Lloyd stated. “This is what I will be teaching the kids at my camps.”
For further information regarding either of the programs, email email@example.com or call 856-873-7922. Additional info can also be acquired by visiting www.carlilloyd.com.
Carli 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 her 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.
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.
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 spent the inaugural season of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) with the Chicago Red Stars and recently signed with 2009 WPS champions Sky Blue FC this past offseason. She and Sky Blue FC kick off the second year of WPS this Sunday, April 11th, when the team hosts the Red Stars at Lloyd’s college venue, Yurcak Field in Piscataway, at 6:00 p.m.