Sky Blue FC’s home opener today will be a momentous occasion for midfielder Carli Lloyd. Not only is she returning to her old stomping grounds at Rutgers University, but she is also suiting up against her former team. The Delran, N.J. native spent last season with the Chicago Red Stars, who finished sixth last year.
For Lloyd, it was an unproductive year, as she scored only two goals and added an assist while playing in 16 of the team’s 20 games. She’s definitely looking for a fresh start back in her home state.
“It’s definitely interesting,” Lloyd said of playing against her former teammates. “It’s always different at first [playing against them]. But I want to go out and win. It will be good to see the team and the coaching staff again [though].”
Lloyd and her Sky Blue FC teammates will look to continue where Sky Blue left off last year after winning the WPS title. Her expectations for the new season are simple.
“It’s a long season. It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. We just want to take it game by game, not get frustrated and have fun!”
Tune in to Fox Soccer Channel at 6pm ET/3pm PT today to watch Sky Blue FC begin their defense of their championship. For those who can’t watch on FSC, www.womensprosoccer.com will be streaming the game LIVE.