U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has finally revealed his 18-play roster for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, and it’s impressive.
“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,” Andonovski said in a statement.
Eleven players who were on the USA’s roster for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will return to compete on the world’s biggest stage. Here’s who made the cut:
Goalkeepers: Alyssa Naeher, Adrianna Franch
Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper, Tierna Davidson, Crystal Dunn, Kelley O’Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn, Emily Sonnett
Midfielders: Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle, Samantha Mewis, Kristie Mewis, Lindsey Horan
Forwards: Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press, Alex Morgan
Andonovski also named four alternates: goalkeeper Jame Campbell, defender Casey Krueger, midfielder Catarina Macario and forward Lynn Williams.
Lloyd and Heath make their fourth Olympic team, tying 2021 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Christie Pearce Rampone for the most in USWNT history. Lloyd, who turns 39 on July 16, is the oldest-ever U.S. Women’s Soccer Olympian.
Sauerbrunn, O’Hara, Morgan and Rapinoe are headed to their third Olympics, while Dunn, Horan, Ertz, Press and Naeher will compete in their second Olympic Games. Dahlkemper, Davidson, Sonnett, Franch, Lavelle and the Mewis sisters are first-time Olympians.
Kristie Mewis is the only player on the roster who was not on the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup team.
The U.S. Women’s National Team is the favorite entering the Tokyo Olympics and could become the first team to manage back-to-back wins at the World Cup and Olympic tournament.
The Americans exited the 2016 Olympics early with a quarterfinal loss to Sweden, who they’ll face in their opening game on July 21 in Japan.