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Familiar faces headline USWNT Olympic roster

Field Level Media
24 Jun 2021, 00:55 GMT+10

U.S. women's national soccer team veterans Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe headline the experienced 18-player roster for the Tokyo Summer Games.

Lloyd and Tobin Heath are headed to the Olympics for the fourth time, while Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Becky Sauerbrunn and Kelley O'Hara are set to become three-time Olympians.

Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Julie Ertz, Christen Press and Alyssa Naeher are on the squad for the second time.

Seventeen of the players were part of the 2019 squad that won the FIFA Women's World Cup. The U.S. is looking to become the first women's team to win a gold medal immediately after winning the World Cup.

"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," USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski said in a statement.

The first-time Olympians on the roster are Abby Dahlkemper, Tierna Davidson, Emily Sonnett, Samantha Mewis, Rose Lavelle, Adrianna Franch and Kristie Mewis.

Lloyd, 39, will also become America's oldest women's soccer Olympian ever. She scored the winning goals for the Stars and Stripes at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Four alternates will also travel to Tokyo: Lynn Williams, Catarina Macario, Casey Krueger and Jane Campbell.

Team USA opens group-stage action against Sweden on July 21, followed by matches with New Zealand (July 24) and Australia (July 27).

--Field Level Media

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