United States Women’s National Team veteran Carli Lloyd earned her 200th cap for her country on Friday, and scored the game-winning goal to send the USA to the semifinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Lloyd is no stranger to owning big moments. The 32-year-old central midfielder scored game-winning goals for the #USWNT in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Finals. Lloyd acknowledges that scoring the game-winning goal on her 200th cap is high up on her list of career accolades, but exactly where it ranks is still to be determined. Lloyd, a two-time Olympic Gold medalist, has yet to hoist a World Cup trophy.
“If it were the World Cup final it would definitely be the moment.” Lloyd emphasizes. “But, it’s a quarterfinal, which is still great but I want more and I think that’s what keeps me going and keeps me motivated. I want to be in that final game and standing on the top podium after that final whistle is blown.”
Lloyd is the U.S. WNT all-time leading goalscorer for a player that has played exclusively as a midfielder and she has been working tirelessly on her aerial game over the past 12 months with trainer James Galanis. “James is probably really happy I put that one away.” Carli said of her towering game-winning header against China. “He’s served me a million balls over the years and he’s always telling me that I need to be more of an aerial presence and attack the ball. That’s what I did. It’s all about the repetition.”
U.S. WNT teammate and 23-year-old centerback Julie Johnston earned the assist on Lloyd’s game-winning header against China on Friday and said she played the ball into the box knowing what the outcome could be. “Carli is going to go up for whatever ball comes her way,” said Johnston, who has helped the U.S. WNT earn four shutouts through five matches of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Despite being 10 years into her U.S. WNT career, Lloyd still fondly remembers her first cap for the USA. The U.S. WNT earned a 7-0 victory against Ukraine July 10, 2005. Lloyd recalls the feeling of uncertainty; unsure if she would even get into the match. She did get in – playing nearly 20 minutes. But her most vivid memory from that first cap with the senior team was of seeing her name on the back of her jersey.
“It was so cool and such an honor to see my name on the back of my jersey knowing that the U.S. crest was on the front [as she pointed towards the location of the U.S. crest above her heart]."
OTTAWA, Canada (June 26, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team recorded its fourth consecutive shutout to defeat China PR 1-0 in the Quarterfinals at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and advance to the tournament Semifinal.
Carli Lloyd, starting as the team’s captain, earned her 200th cap and headed in the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute. Lloyd is the third WNT player to score on her 200th cap. Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the others to achieve the feat.
Hope Solo and the USA back line have now held opponents scoreless for 423 straight minutes in this year’s World Cup, the longest clean sheet streak in U.S. World Cup history. The win was the 134th of Solo’s career, which moved her past Brianna Scurry and into first place on the USA’s all-time list.
The USA is the only country to reach the Semifinal in all seven Women’s World Cups. The WNT continues it World Cup quest against Germany on Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. ET. The Semifinal will take place at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. The game will be broadcast live on FOX. Fans can also follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp).
Germany beat France 0(5)-0(4) in penalty kicks to earn its spot in the Semifinal. This will be the fourth time the U.S. has met Germany in Women’s World Cup play. The WNT holds a 2-1-0 record against the European nation.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Julie Johnston), 51st minute: It all started from a free kick near midfield. Meghan Klingenberg raised her hand and sent it over to Julie Johnston who was waiting in the center of the pitch at the center circle. Johnston turned and pushed over to her right. With room Johnston drilled a long cross into the box, where Lloyd outjumped her defender and directed a perfect header into the bottom right corner. USA 1, CHN 0 (FINAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CHN – Li Dongna, 4th minute: Kelly O’Hara played a high, looping ball into the box toward Julie Johnston, who was in China’s penalty area after a free kick. China’s ‘keeper Wang Fei, jumped to it and the ball bounced back out toward Amy Rodriguez, who was free for a shot on the rebound. Rodriguez quickly fired, but Dongna was there waiting and stepped in front of the shot, clearing it away to safety.
CHN – Wang Fei, 37th minute (save): Carli Lloyd blasted a free kick from 28 yards out toward the upper left corner, but Wang Fei was able to make a leaping save and batted it away.
Next on the Schedule: The WNT will meet Germany on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada.
Broadcast information: FOX, Spanish language TV TBD.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram
- Carli Lloyd became the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history and the fourth on the current roster. She is tenth on the USA’s all-time list. Heather O’Reilly (220) Abby Wambach (247) and Christie Rampone (307) are the only active U.S. players ahead of her.
- Hope Solo passed Briana Scurry and moved into first on the WNT’s all-time wins list with 134.
- Solo recorded her 88th career shutout. It was the fourth straight World Cup clean sheet for the USA, and Solo’s ninth in World Cup play, the second most by a U.S. goalkeeper behind Brianna Scurry (10).
- Lloyd is the third U.S. WNT player to score on her 200th cap, Wambach and O’Reilly did the same.
- The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak against China to 25 games. The teams have met 54 times and the USA holds a 33-8-13 all-time record against the Steel Roses, outscoring them 94-35.
- The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak to 32 games when scoring first at the Women’s World Cup (28-4-0).
- Julie Johnston’s assist on Lloyd’s goal was the first of her career.
- The U.S. WNT has now advanced to the Semifinals in every Women’s World Cup it has participated in (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015).
- This will be the fourth time the U.S. has met Germany in Women’s World Cup play. Each of the three previous times the teams have met, the winner has gone on to win the tournament.
- Amy Rodriguez and Kelly O’Hara earned their first start of the tournament, respectively, while Heather O’Reilly made her debut appearance. O'Hara's appearance was also her first of the competition.
- Carli Lloyd has scored in back-to-back games for the WNT. Her goal in the second half was her fourth World Cup strike and her 65th overall. Lloyd has also scored in each of the last two matches between the U.S. and China. When the team’s last met in Dec. 2014, Lloyd scored the lone goal for the USA in a 1-1 draw.
- Since allowing a goal against Australia in its opening match on June 8 in the 27th minute, the U.S. has shut out Sweden, Nigeria, Colombia and China – a stretch of 423 consecutive minutes.
- Defender Becky Sauerbrunn is the only player on the roster to start and play every game for the USA in 2015. She has played the most minutes (1,329) of anyone on the team.
- Five U.S. players have played all 450 minutes of the tournament so far: defender Julie Johnston, defender Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Carli Lloyd, defender Sauerbrunn and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
- In its last 15 games, the U.S. has surrendered just three goals and has scored 27.
- So far, 19 of the 20 field players on the World Cup roster have seen action in the tournament.
- Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe were not eligible to appear in the match, serving suspensions for yellow cards earned. Both players will be eligible for the Semifinal game.
- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: June 26, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Quarterfinal
Venue: Lansdowne Stadium; Ottawa, Canada
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 75 degrees; Partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
CHN 0 0 0
USA – Carli Lloyd (Julie Johnston) 51st minute
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 5-Kelley O’Hara (23-Christen Press, 61), 14-Morgan Brian, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 17-Tobin Heath; 8-Amy Rodriguez (20-Abby Wambach, 86), 13-Alex Morgan (9-Heather O’Reilly,81)
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 16-Lori Chalupny, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 21-Alyssa Naeher,
Not Available: 12-Lauren Holiday, 15-Megan Rapinoe
Head coach: Jill Ellis
CHN: 12- Wang Fei; 5- Wu Haiyan (capt.), 14- Zhao Rong, 6- Li Dongna, 2- Liu Shanshan; 21- Wang Lisi, 19-Tan Ruyin (3-Pang Fengyue, 58), 16- Lou Jiahui (11-Wang Shuang, 35), 23- Ren Guixin, 18- Han Peng (13- Tang Jiali, 18); 9- Wang Shanshan
Subs not used: 1- Zhang Yue, 4- Li Jiayue, 7- Xu Yanlu, 8- Ma Jun, 10- Li Ying, 15- Lei Jiahui, 17- Gu Yasha, 20- Zhang Rui, 22- Zhao Lina
Head coach: Hao Wei
Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 17 / 6
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 11 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2
CHN – Wu Haiyan (caution) 50th minute
Referee: Carina Vitulano (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle O’Neill (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tonja Paavola (FIN)
Fourth Official: Salome di Iorio (ARG)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd
The U.S. WNT released a campaign prior to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup that was created to empower young women. ussoccer.com had the opportunity to interview some young athletes to find out what the #SheBelieves message meant to them.
SOCCER TO THE BONE
In Delran, New Jersey, a small town with a blue collar work ethic, Carli Lloyd lived one block from the field. “I played a ton of pickup games – there were a lot of Turkish guys, all ages, and we’d just play for hours. You could play freely and try different things, not having a coach breathing down your neck. I loved it.” And when there wasn’t a game, she’d head out to the field alone, lugging a bag of collected balls. “I was kind of a ball scavenger. I’d go find them in the woods after weekend tournaments.” She’d shoot on goal, go fetch the balls, and start again.
While Lloyd was always a soccer junkie – the kid who always polished her cleats, the one at the field playing for hours, she says she still “had no idea what it took” to get to the next level. Post-college, Lloyd began developing the intense work ethic and commitment to fitness she’s now known for. She remembers the first time she was told to run for fifteen minutes, “I was like, uh? Fifteen minutes straight? I’m thinking, ‘Oh good lord.’ I’d get a side cramp, I’d be totally gassed. Now I go on 90 minute runs no problem. Before, I couldn’t do 15 minutes.”
Her coach would tell her stories of the greats – how Mohammad Ali would train on Christmas morning because he knew no one else was training on Christmas morning, how Bruce Lee would do 10,000 sits up a day. Lloyd took that to heart: “If it’s a holiday, if I am training on Christmas Day, most likely nobody else is – and that gives me the edge. If I’m supposed to run for 20 minutes and I get back and it’s only been 19:34, I’m going to jog in a circle for 26 more seconds. I’m never going to cut it short. I know what it takes now.”
Carli Lloyd has known her fiancé Brian since she was a kid. “I lived on one side of the field, Carli lived on the other,” says Brian. “I’d always see her by herself kicking balls at the field.” While he is primarily a golfer, he played soccer in high school and continues to train with her to this day.
U.S. National Team: The WNT’s all-time scoring leader (61 goals heading into 2015) for a player who has played exclusively as a midfielder, Lloyd has scored many crucial goals for the USA during her career, most recently during the 2012 London Olympics – when she scored twice in the 2-1 gold medal victory vs. Japan -- and 2014 Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament.
2015: Named to the 2015 FIFA U.S. Women's World Cup roster, her third World Cup selection... Has appeared in all 15 games for the U.S. so far this year, starting 14, captaining four and playing the second-most minutes on the team with 1292... Earned her 200th cap against China in the quarterfinals on June 26, 2015, becoming the ninth player to do so and the fourth on the current roster... Scored on her 200th cap, becoming the third WNT player to do so.... Scored in World Cup Round of 16 game against Colombia on June 22, 2015... Has scored in every match the WNT has played against Colombia... Provided the assist on Abby Wambach's second goal in the USA's 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on May 10... Notched both goals in a 2-1 win against Norway at the Algarve Cup on March 4... Played in all four games during the Algarve Cup, helping the WNT win its 10th title... 2014: Had arguably her most productive all-around year with the National Team, starting all 23 games in which she appeared, tying her career high with 15 goals scored while adding eight assists and led the team in both goals and assists … Tied for the team lead in games played and led the USA in starts … Led the USA in minutes played and the only player to play more than 2,000 minutes (2,043) … Captained the team on two occasions against France (6/19) and Guatemala (10/17) … Became the ninth player in WNT history to hit the 50-goal milestone when she scored a brace against China PR (4/10) … The only player to play every minute of all five games at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, she scored five goals with four assists to help the USA book its ticket to the 2015 Women’s World Cup and was named MVP of the tournament … Had three two-goal games, vs. Russia, China PR and Mexico … Scored a hat trick at the end of the year vs. Argentina at the International Tournament of Brasilia … In a span of seven consecutive games at the end of the year, she scored 10 goals while scoring at least one in each game … 2013: Played 768 minutes in 11 games while starting nine and scored three goals with one assist … Scored against the Korea Republic, Australia and New Zealand … With her 45th and 46th career goals, she tied and then passed Julie Foudy to become the top scorer in U.S. WNT history for a player that has played exclusively in the midfield … 2012: Played in all 32 matches for the USA, one of just three players to do so, while starting 27 … She was once again a hero in an Olympic gold medal game, scoring both goals in the USA’s 2-1 victory against Japan in front of more than 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium … Became the only player – male or female – in the history of the Olympics to score game-winning goals in two consecutive Olympic gold medal games … Her 2,441 minutes played were the second-most in a year during her career … Her 15 goals were a career high for a calendar year and made her the third-leading scorer on the U.S. team … Did not start the first match of the Olympics against France, but came on early for an injured Shannon Boxx and scored the winning goal … She then started the remaining five games while scoring four total goals, good for second on the team in the Olympics behind Abby Wambach’s five goals … She never left the field again after coming into the France match in the 16th minute … Scored a slew of goals against top teams and registered her first career hat trick in a 3-0 victory against Mexico during Olympic qualifying to seal first place in the group for the USA … Started all five games of the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada, scoring six goals (tied for tops on the team) with one assist … Also scored in the 3-0 semifinal victory against Costa Rica that sent the USA to the Olympics … On the short list for the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and finished sixth in the voting … 2011: Tied for the team lead in games played with 19, starting them all, and led the USA in minutes played with 1,654 … Played all but 16 minutes of the Women’s World Cup in Germany, scoring one goal with one assist … The first World Cup goal of her career came against Colombia in group play on a shot from distance ... Tied for second on the team in scoring with six goals and three assists on the year … Scored three goals at the Algarve Cup, against Norway, Finland and then Iceland in the championship game … Also scored against Sweden and China at the Four Nations Tournament … Her six goals moved her into 15th place on the all-time U.S. scoring list with 28 goals … 2010: Suffered a broken ankle early in the WPS season but still played in 15 matches for the USA, starting 14 … She scored three goals with five assists and earned her 100th career cap in the final game of the year against Italy during the second leg of the FIFA Women’s World Cup playoff series … Scored against Germany in the Algarve Cup final … Started all five games at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament, scoring two goals with five assists … Played every minute of both legs of the playoff series against Italy … 2009: Played in six games for the USA, starting five … 2008: Named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year … Was a fixture in the midfield for the USA, starting all 35 games in which she played, tying for the team lead in matches started during the year … Set a U.S. record for most starts in a year at 35 … Finished third on the team in minutes played with 2,781 … Had her best scoring year for the WNT, finding the net nine times with nine assists … Scored two huge goals during the 2008 Olympics, bagging the winner in the crucial 1-0 victory against Japan in group play and then scored one of the most important goals in U.S. history in the Olympic gold medal game as she netted the game-winner in the overtime victory against Brazil … Scored against Canada in the championship game of Olympic qualifying on a dramatic free kick in overtime … Scored the winning goal in a 3-2 stoppage time victory against Australia on April 27, in Cary, N.C. … Scored in both of the USA’s matches in Scandinavia, against Norway and Sweden … 2007: Established herself in a starting role in midfield … After scoring once in her first 24 matches, she scored four goals – one in each game – at the 2007 Algarve Cup, earning tournament top scorer and MVP honors … Scored her sixth career goal on a diving header in the USA’s 1-0 victory against Norway on July 14 and then registered her first two-goal game in a 6-1 win against New Zealand on Aug. 12, including one blast from 38 yards … Started 13 of the 23 matches she played … Played in her first Women’s World Cup tournament, starting three (all in the first round) of the five games she played … Had nine goals and three assists to finish third on the team in scoring … 2006: Earned her third career cap at the 2006 Four Nations Tournament … Earned the first two starts of her career at the 2006 Algarve Cup, gaining a place in the starting 11 against Denmark and in the championship game against Germany … Played in 19 games, starting 13, and scored one goal, that against Chinese Taipei … 2005: Earned her first two caps in 2005, playing against Ukraine and Mexico, a game in which she broke her wrist … 2004: Trained with the U.S. team during the 2004 Olympic Residency Training Camp … Youth National Teams: A member of four U-21 Nordic Cup championships teams, winning titles in 2002 in Finland, in Denmark in 2003, in Iceland in 2004 and in Sweden in 2005 … Scored three times in the 2005 Nordic Cup, including two against Denmark and one in the championship against Norway … Had two goals and an assist, starting every match, at the 2004 Nordic Cup ... Assisted on the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 win against Denmark in the first round of the 2003 Nordic Cup ... First Appearance: July 10, 2005, vs. Ukraine ... First Goal: Oct. 1, 2006, vs. Chinese Taipei.
Professional / Club – 2014: Traded to the Houston Dash on Oct. 16 in exchange for midfielder Becky Edwards, defender Whitney Engen, and a third round pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft … Started all 19 games in which she played for the WNY Flash during the 2014 season … Scored eight goals and had five assists … Named to the NWSL Best XI Second Team … Was third in the league in shots with 61 and sixth in shots on goal with 33 … Led the league in fouls committed with 51 … 2013: Allocated to the Western New York Flash for the 2013 NWSL season and played 1,296 minutes in 15 matches, starting 14 … Missed a few games at the start of the season due to injury, but returned to have an excellent year, scoring eight regular season goals, tied for third in the league with four other players … Scored both goals in the 2-0 playoff semifinal win against Sky Blue FC that sent Western NY to the first NWSL championship game … Finished fifth in the league in shots (53) … 2011: Signed with the Atlanta Beat for the 2011 WPS season, playing 800 minutes in 10 games while starting eight … Scored two goals for the Beat … 2010: Signed with her home state and WPS champion Sky Blue FC during the offseason … Played in just five games for Sky Blue in 2010 after suffering a broken ankle early in the season … Was out almost the entire season but returned to play the last two matches and logged just 200 minutes of action in the second season of WPS … 2009: Allocated to the Chicago Red Stars for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Played in 16 games for the Red Stars, starting 14, and scored two goals with one assist … Missed several games during the middle of the season after suffering a deep gash across her knee during national team training … Youth: Played for the Medford Strikers club team, winning the 1997 and 1998 State Cups ... Helped lead PDA Galaxy to the 2001 U-23 national title and earned MVP honors … Also trained with the WUSA’s Philadelphia Charge during the summer of 2003.