About Carli

Full Name: Carli Anne Lloyd
Born: July 16, 1982
Height: 5’7’’
Hometown: Delran, New Jersey
Position: Center Midfielder
International Debut: July 10, 2005 against Ukraine
Best Moment: Winning the 2015 World Cup
Biggest Influence: My trainer, James Galanis; Owner of Universal Soccer Academy
Career Highlight: Winning the 2015 World Cup

U.S. National Team

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, in the 2014 Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament when she scored five goals with four assists in five matches, 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.  Became the only American to score multiple goals in three separate Olympic Games (2008, 2012, 2016).  Named team co-captain in 2015. 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.


Carli married her high school sweetheart Brian Hollins in November 2016.  They still reside in South Jersey. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Rutgers University. Growing up she was very athletic and played basketball, softball, swimming and golf. Soccer was always her #1 passion.

In 2017 President Obama named Carli a member and Co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. She published a best-selling memoir in the fall of 2016 titled “When Nobody Was Watching.” Carli serves as mentor and mental toughness coach for her former youth club, the Medford Strikers.

Carli and James Galanis, president of Universal Soccer Academy started working together in 2003. James designed a program specifically to turn her into the best player in the world. His ability to continuously create an environment to challenge her and help her improve is astonishing. He also is a master in the psychological components of the game. James has turned Carli into a player with a strong mind that has the ability to thrive in pressure situations.

Career Highlights

2017 FA Cup Champion (Manchester City Women)
2017 Inductee into the New Jersey Hall of Fame
2016 FIFA World Player of the Year
2016 Nominee for ESPY Award for Best Championship Performance 
2016 FIFA FIFPro World XI 
2015 CONCACAF Goal of the Year
2015 CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year 
2015 FIFA World Player of the Year
2015 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year
2015 March of Dimes Foundation Sportswoman of the Year
2015 Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the year
2015 World Cup Champion
2015 World Cup Golden Ball winner
2015 World Cup Silver Boot winner
2015 World Cup Goal of the Tournament
2015 Became the 1st woman in FIFA Women’s World Cup to score a hat trick in a final
2015 Became the 1st player in WNT history to score in 4 straight World Cup games
2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship MVP
2012 FIFA World Player of the Year Shortlist
2012 Bleacher Report Top 100 Athletes of 2012
2013 Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni
2012 Candidate for U.S. Soccer Player of the Year
2012 Glamour Women of the Year
2012 NJ Youth Soccer Hall of Fame
2012 NJ Sportswriters Woman of the Year
2008 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year
2007 Algarve Cup MVP & Top Goal Scorer