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Carli Lloyd returns to PPL Park


The Philadelphia Union will host US Women’s two-time gold medalist Carli Lloyd Wednesday night at PPL Park. Lloyd lead the USA to gold in the London Games as she scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Japan. Lloyd will be the honorary captain and recognized before the game between the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew.

Just three months ago Lloyd was on the same pitch as the US Women’s National team hosted China in a warm-up match before the London Games. The US won the game 4-1 and Lloyd, a local product out of Delran, New Jersey, started and saw 46 minutes of play.  The game was a sell-out at 18,573  and it was the largest crowd at PPL Park to see a women’s soccer match.

Carli Lloyd donated tickets to fellow Scarlett Knight Eric LeGrand to see that game in May.  The former Rutgers football player LeGrand broke his neck playing against Army in 2010 and was left paralyzed. Since the game LeGrand received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs on July 11, 2012.  So it is fitting that Lloyd be honored in the same stadium where she introduced LeGrand to the beautiful game.

The two-time gold medalist also scored the game-winning goal in against Brazil in Beijing four years ago. Lloyd has been busy lately as she was also honored by the Philadelphia Phillies last Friday with fellow teammate Heather Mitts. Both with strong Philly connections have been the faces of  women’s soccer in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area for years now. Lloyd and Mitts were also teammates on the Atlanta Beat before the WPS folded this year. The team was coached by their private trainer Coach James Galanis, president of Universal Soccer Academy. Galanis was the force behind Lloyd’s raise to greatness as he has been working with her since 2007.  One of the top coaches in the USA also has trained and coached US keeper Hope Solo.  Outside of coaching Galanis has done work for Fox Soccer Channel and currently co-hosts World Sports Show, a Philadelphia based soccer show.