Carli Lloyd is getting a new start with the new U.S. women’s coaching staff.
Lloyd, who made no secret of her unhappiness at being a backup during last summer’s World Cup, appears likely to regain her old starting role, at least for the Olympic qualifying tournament. Coach Vlatko Andonovski said Lloyd was the first on the field and last off of it during training camp, calling her “a true example of what a pro competing for a national team spot needs to look like.”
“Carli did very well, and I was very happy with her performance,” Andonovski said during a conference call Friday. “I just wish that she continues performing like that in the next camp, leading to the first qualifying game. If she does that, I see no reason for her not to be a starter.”
The Olympic qualifying tournament begins Jan. 28 in Houston. The U.S. women will have to reach the Feb. 9 final to earn one of CONCACAF’s two spots at the Tokyo Olympics.
Andonovski selected a veteran-heavy roster for Olympic qualifying, with Andi Sullivan and Lynn Williams the only two players who weren’t part of the squad that won the World Cup in France. Because the Olympic roster is smaller – 20 players, as…