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Beat's Lloyd Named Bud Light Woman of The Match in World Cup

July 2, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

KENNESAW, GA. - Atlanta Beat midfielder Carli Lloyd played in an important role in the U.S. Women's National Team's 3-0 victory over Colombia on Saturday during the second U.S. match of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.

Lloyd controlled the pace of the game as an attacking midfielder and netted the third and final goal of the match off a rocket from the top of the box in the 57th minute. Lloyd's overall play earned her the distinction of Bud Light Woman of the Match.

With six points from the first two matches, the USA has secured advancement to the quarterfinal phase and now sits in first place in Group C ahead of Sweden based on a superior goal differential. Sweden has also qualified for the next round after snatching a 1-0 victory against Korea DPR in the early match. A win or a draw for the United States in its final first round match against the Swedes on July 6 in Wolfsburg (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) would secure the top spot in the group.

Postgame Quotes:

Atlanta Beat and U.S. Midfielder Carli Lloyd named Bud Light Women of the Match

"I don't want to take anything away from Colombia; that was a really hard match. They fought until the end and had some counterattacks. Overall as team we played really well and did some good things. I was in the middle with a different partner this game and thought that went well. Overall there were three fantastic goals and we can now move on to focus our attention on Sweden. We've played them a couple of times and we know what to expect. We just need to focus on the next game."

On the first goal celebration (a salute to the U.S. Troops stationed in German):

"It was in support of our troops. It was a fantastic environment and really made the game special. There was a lot of military troops in the crowd and we thought it would be good to salute them. It was fun and something different."

On the team using different players:

"It's a long tournament and it's not going to take 11 players it's going to take all 21 players. I think that's what you saw today. You saw people come on and step up. Lori [Lindsey] did well, [Stephanie] Cox and Tobin [Heath] came on and did well. We need all the players."

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