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Carli Lloyd
Women's National Team

Carli Lloyd

Forward Caps/Goals - 261/105
  • Date of Birth

  • Height

    5-8

  • Hometown

    Delran, N.J.

  • Club

    Sky Blue FC

  • Carli Anne Lloyd married her high school sweetheart Brian Hollins in November 2016
  • She earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies from Rutgers University.
  • In 2017, she was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey.
  • Serves as mentor and mental toughness coach for her former youth club, the Medford Strikers.
  • At the start of 2016, she was honored by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association as its athlete of the year.
  • Published a best-selling memoir in the fall of 2016 titled “When Nobody Was Watching”
  • Was named the Women’s Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year and the March of Dimes Foundation Woman of the Year in 2015.
  • In 2013, she was named to the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
  • Was a 2012 Glamour Women of the Year.
  • Lists biggest influence on her soccer career as personal coach/ mentor James Galavis.
  • Had a flavor named after her at a local ice cream shop: “Carli’s Cake Batter Cookie Dough Kick”
  • Won the 2008 Native Son Award from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association, only the second woman to earn the award since it was first awarded in 1991 (other winners include Mike Piazza, Eddie George and Rich Gannon).
  • A big fan of Barcelona and Liverpool, but enjoys watching futbol games at every opportunity.
  • Favorite players are Iniesta, Messi and Coutinho.
  • Enjoys playing golf and getting great tips/lessons from her husband.
  • Loves getting manicures and pedicures.

Unparalleled Work Ethic
While Lloyd has always been a soccer junkie – the kid who always polished her cleats, the one at the field playing for hours, she 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, 15 minutes straight? 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." Since then, Lloyd and her career have both come a long way, and a lot of it has been because well, now she knows. "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."



First Appearance: July 10, 2005, vs. Ukraine. First Goal: Oct. 1, 2006, vs. Chinese Taipei.

The WNT’s all-time leading scoring midfielder and one of the greatest overall goal scorers in U.S. history, Lloyd has scored many important goals for the USA during her career, most notably at the 2008 Olympics when she scored the game-winning in the gold medal match victory vs. Brazil, at the 2012 London Olympics when she scored twice in the 2-1 gold medal victory vs. Japan, and in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, when she scored six goals, all in the knockout round games, and a famous hat trick in the championship game. Lloyd won back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year awards in 2015 and 2016, making her only the second American and fourth female player to accomplish the feat. On April 8, 2018, she became the sixth player in U.S. history to score 100 goals. 

2017: Played 652 minutes in 14 games, starting eight, and scored two goals with two assists. The only two games she missed were due to an ankle injury suffered during NWSL play. Earned the 50th assist of her career on Julie Ertz’ goal against Brazil on July 30, joining just seven other U.S. players to earn 50 or more assists in their careers. Lloyd is in eighth-place all-time in assists heading into 2018. Finished second in the voting for the FIFA Best Women’s Player after winning the two previous years. Named to the CONCACAF Best XI, her third consecutive selection.

2016: Named the FIFA Best Women’s Player for 2016, winning the award for second consecutive year. Had another stellar year, scoring 17 goals, tied for the team lead, despite missing the final two game of the year due to her wedding. The goals total was one short of her career best 18 goals that she scored in her spectacular 2015, but her 17 goals in 2016 came five fewer games. Led the team with 11 assists, a career high in a calendar year. Played 1,644 minutes, third best on the team, while starting 20 of the 21 games she played. At her third Olympics, she scored twice with one assist, scoring the USA’s opening goal of the tournament against New Zealand and against France in a 1-0 victory. Became the only American to score multiple goals in three separate Olympic Games (2008, 2012, 2016) and her eight Olympic goals put her in second place behind Abby Wambach’s U.S. record of 10. Against Thailand on Sept. 15, Lloyd was part of seven of the nine goals the USA scored, recording her seventh international hat trick while adding four assists to become the first player in U.S. history to record three goals and four assists in a single match. Against Switzerland on Oct. 23, Lloyd tallied a goal that will go down as one of the best she’s ever scored, blasting a shot from 27 yards out into the upper right corner. 

2015: Had one of the most spectacular years in U.S. WNT history, captaining the USA in the World Cup Final as the Americans defeated Japan 5-2 behind her hat trick achieved in the first 16 minutes. Played every minute of all seven matches in Canada. She was named the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, the third American so honored. Was also named U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year (for the second time), the CONCACAF Female Player of the Year and to the CONCACAF Best XI. Her legendary strike from midfield that capped her hat trick was voted Goal of the Tournament, was up for FIFA Goal of the Year and was named the CONCACAF Goal of the Year. Won the Golden Ball as the top player in the 2015 Women's World Cup and rocked the soccer world when she scored the fastest goal in World Cup Final history, giving the USA at 1-0 lead just two minutes and 34 seconds into the match. She also became the first female player to score a hat trick in a World Cup Final, as the USA was up 4-0 in just a 16-minute span. She also won the Silver Boot as the second leading scorer at the Women's World Cup as she scored in all four elimination games – against Colombia on a PK in the Round of 16, against China PR in the quarterfinal on a header and against Germany on a clutch PK in the semifinal -- and ended the tournament with six goals total. She also assisted on the clinching goal in the 2-0 semifinal victory against Germany, setting up Kelley O'Hara. Became the first WNT player to score in four straight games in a World Cup when she scored the first goal of her hat trick in the championship game. Became the third U.S. WNT player to score a hat trick in WWC play, joining Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings. Named to the FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team. Was far and away the leader in goals for the USA in 2015 with 18, a career high for her in a calendar year and breaking her own record of 15 scored in 2012. She also had five assists was second on the team in minutes played with 2,073 having started 24 matches and played in all 26, just one of two players to play in every game. Earned her 200th cap against China PR in the quarterfinal on June 26, 2015, becoming the ninth player to do so. Scored in her 200th cap, becoming the third WNT player to do so. 

2014: Started 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). Became the ninth player in WNT history to hit the 50-goal milestone when she scored a brace against China PR on April 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.

2013: Played 768 minutes in 11 games while starting nine and scored three goals with one assist. 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 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. Scored 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. 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.

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.

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. 

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 first two-goal game in a 6-1 win against New Zealand on Aug. 12, including one blast from 38 yards. Played in her first Women’s World Cup tournament, starting three (all in the first round) of the five games she played.

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.

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.

On January 19, 2018, she was acquired by her home state club, Sky Blue in a three-way trade with the Chicago Red Stars and Houston Dash. 

2017: Before re-joining the Houston Dash during summer, Lloyd completed a successful Spring season with Manchester City where she helped the club to a second-place finish in the league and to the Women’s FA Cup title while playing almost every minute in 13 matches: four Cup games, four in the Champions League and five in the WSL. She did not score in league play, but tallied in some huge games, scoring two goals in the Champions League, including the crucial game-winner in the first leg of the quarterfinal against Fortuna from Denmark, and in the second leg of the semifinal against Olympique Lyon from France, a 1-0 win that was not enough to overturn Lyon’s 2-1 win in the first leg. Lloyd also scored in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium (where she scored twice in the 2012 Olympic Final) in front of a record crowd of 35,271 as she helped Manchester City lift the trophy with a 4-1 victory against Birmingham City. After returning to the USA, she played 647 minutes in eight games for the Houston Dash but an ankle injury on August 14 against Kansas City sidelined her for the rest of the NWSL season.

2016: Due to injuries and WNT commitments, Lloyd played just 553 minutes in seven games for the Dash, but made the most of that time, scoring five goals with three assists.

2015: Was named to the NWSL Second XI after scoring four goals in 12 matches over 1,080 minutes for the Dash. Finished the season as the all-time leader in shots in NWSL history with 170 and fifth in shots on goal with 70 and sixth in goals with 20.

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.

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.

2011: Signed with the Atlanta Beat for the 2011 WPS season, playing 800 minutes in 10 games while starting eight. 

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 Club: 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.

College: As a senior, she started 18 of the 20 games she played at Rutgers and was named the 2004 Big East Midfielder of the Year. Became the first Scarlet Knight to earn First-Team All-Big East honors four times during her career (2001-04). Ended her senior season with 10 goals and one assist to finish her career as Rutgers’ all-time leader in points (117) and goals (50). A three-time NSCAA All-American who was also a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy. Ranks first in career shots at Rutgers.

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