Carli Lloyd is the captain for the Olympic U.S. Women’s Soccer team and center midfielder. Born in Delran, New Jersey, Lloyd will be compete in her third Olympic games. The 34-year-old, two-time Olympic gold medalist has more than 200 international appearances with Team USA. She currently plays for the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States women’s national soccer team.
Throughout her international career, Lloyd has scored some of the most important goals in U.S. women’s soccer history. She was the hero of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final when she scored a hat trick against Japan. She also has game-winning goals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics to her name.
The Olympic athlete also won the Golden Ball as best player at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
When she’s not on the field or training, apparently she stays busy writing! Lloyd is releasing a book “When Nobody was Watching” in September. She was named 2015 FIFA Women’s World ‘Player of the Year.’
Lloyd appeared on the NFL documentary series “Hard Knocks” in 2015 with the Houston Texans. She says she is very superstitious, and doesn’t allow her family to travel with her when she plays in a big event. She also has a heart for kids! Lloyd designed a one-day training program for kids ages 9-18, to teach them her skills. During the camp, she also takes time to educate the kids on the Mental Habits needed to “Play at the Top, and the Mental Toughness needed to Win.”
The opening ceremony for the Rio Olympic games is Friday, August 5.