The USWNT roster for the Tokyo Olympics has been confirmed, with the Stars and Stripes going with a mixture of experienced stars and young prospects.
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After failing to medal in 2016 (the first time in history they didn’t get either a silver or gold) the USWNT are red-hot favorites to win Gold at Tokyo, as the back-to-back reigning World Cup champions are currently on an incredible unbeaten run of 42 games.
11 players from the Olympics roster last time out are in this 22-player squad, while Abby Dahlkemper, Tierna Davidson, Emily Sonnett, Samantha Mewis, Kristie Mewis, Rose Lavelle, Adrianna Franch, Lynn Williams, Catarina Macario, Casey Krueger and Jane Campbell all make their first Olympics appearance.
The final four names were all alternates on the initial squad, but it was then decided the four alternates would be allowed to go to Tokyo as part of the full squad.
USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski has included stars Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Ertz, Sam Mewis, Rose Lavelle, Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe.
Lloyd and Heath are playing in a record-equalling fourth Olympics, as they match the record of USWNT legend Christie Pearce Rampone.
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“It’s been a long process to get to this point, longer than anyone thought it would be, but we collected a lot of information on the players over the past year and half in trainings, in their club matches and in international games and we’re confident that we’ve selected the team with the best chance for success in Japan,” said Andonovski.
The tournament starts for the USWNT on July 21 and their group stage concludes on July 27.
Below is the USWNT squad in full.
USWNT – Tokyo Olympic squad
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City/ENG), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit), Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon)
FORWARDS (6): Tobin Heath (Unattached), Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Unattached), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)