The State of New Jersey has been a hotbed for soccer in the United States as we have seen many of our nations young talent rise to prominence, but none such as Carli Lloyd. Within 20 minutes, she changed her life forever and placed her name in the minds of millions of Americans. She is the second-ever player to score a hat trick in the World Cup Final and was named the MVP of the tournament right after the final whistle. The Rutgers product, a complete midfielder who can play a holding role and also push up to forward has risen to stardom.
Carli Lloyd is the greatest American soccer player to come out of New Jersey.
The likes of Tim Howard, John Harkes, Claudio Reyna, Tony Meola, Michael Bradley, Alexi Lalas and Tab Ramos would probably disagree, but Carli has taken herself to new heights that have never been seen by an American soccer player. Carli’s three goals have captured the attention of every American. Hopefully this attention will span beyond the 15 minutes that we give our sports heroes. By winning the World Cup Carli’s achievements will be immortalized forever. Jersey Proud.
This is different. She is different.
She stated before the World Cup that she didn’t want her family coming to Canada to see her play. Her reasoning? This is a business trip not a place where she can have distractions. Her self-discipline for the game is something we rarely see in athletes, let alone soccer players. Now, Carli once again will need to keep herself level headed from all the attention that she will receive over the coming months.
Long live the Queen!