She's drawn comparisons to women's soccer legends such as Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and Kristine Lilly. But forward Carli Lloyd is becoming a legend in her own right for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT). And so far she's already built up a Hall of Fame resume as she leads the U.S. team into the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.
Lloyd is looking to help the U.S. win back-to-back World Cup trophies for the first time in the team's history. Here are five things to know about one of the three team captains.
1. She's the most experienced player on the active roster
Lloyd, 36, has been a member of the USWNT since 2005. She was promoted to the senior squad after spending time with the Under-23 team, and since then she's become fifth all-time in caps with 273. She just needs two to tie Julie Foudy, and four to tie Mia Hamm, which could be the case should the U.S. advance beyond the group stage in this Women's World Cup. She's also fourth in goals (110), seventh in career assists (52), and will be making her fourth straight World Cup appearance.
Lloyd also has an extensive club career. Since 1999 Lloyd has applied her trade in the USL W-League, United Women's Soccer, Women's Professional Soccer, the FA Women's Super League, and currently the NWSL.
2. She's one of the most accomplished players in team history
Lloyd has contributed to 18 championship teams, including the last Women's World Cup title in 2011 along with six Algarve Cups, two CONCACAF Women's Championships, two SheBelieves Cups, a Tournament of Nations title, and two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), among others. She's also won 24 individual awards; 13 of which came back in 2015, including FIFA World Player of the Year, FIFA Women's World Cup Golden Ball, and the FIFA Women's World Cup Silver Boot. She also was named to the FIFA Pro World XI team, the FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star team and Dream Team, and was awarded the Women's World Cup Goal of the Tournament that year.
Lloyd's accolades in 2015 also included being named CONCACAF Women's Player of the Year, CONCACAF's Goal of the Year, NWSL Player of the Month for July, was named to the NWSL Second XI team, and won the IFFHS World's Best Woman Playmaker award, as well as the Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year Award in the team sport category. Talk about a year to remember.
3. She's no stranger to the international stage
I can only imagine how many stamps her passport has as Lloyd has played in multiple international events. In addition to the events mentioned above, Lloyd has also played in the Tournament of Brasilia, the Kirin Cup Challenge, and the Four Nations Tournament, as well as multiple international friendlies and tournament qualifiers.
4. She shines on the World Cup stage
In the last three Women's World Cups (2007, 2011, 2015) Lloyd has played in a total of 18 matches. She has scored a total of seven goals in those games and helped the U.S. go 12-2-4 against the world's toughest competition.
5. Oh captain, my captain
While Lloyd is one of three current captains for the USWNT, she first received her captain's armband back in 2016. She's listed as the 14th team captain in U.S. women's soccer history.
BONUS: Quick Facts about Carli Lloyd...
Full Name: Carli Anne Lloyd
Born: July 16, 1982, in Marlton, N.J.
Hometown: Delran, N.J.
Club: Sky Blue FC
- 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 a 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.