The US women’s soccer team will be competing at the Tokyo Olympics this year will look familiar as Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Carli Lloyd were all part of the national squad.
The 2019 World Cup champion team was comprised of all 18 players on the roster. When play begins, the average age of the squad will be 30.8 years. Each player will receive an average of 111 international caps.
Vlatko Andonovski, head coach, stated that the team is balanced and has many players who can play multiple positions. This will help in our attempt to play six games in 17 days of heat and humidity.
“Our coaching staff is confident that every player on the roster will perform when given the chance.”
Forwards Lloyd and Tobin heath were included in the US women’s Olympic team for a fourth consecutive year, a record.
Lloyd, who turns 39 before the Olympics, will also surpass Christie Pearce Rampone, former team captain, as the oldest ever US women’s soccer Olympian.
Rapinoe was the winner of the 2019 World Cup final game-winning goal and will be a three-time Olympian alongside Becky Sauerbrunn and Kelley O’Hara, who all participated in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
Kristie Mewis, a midfielder, is the only member of the roster that was not part of the 2019 World Cup team.
The US women’s soccer team had reached the gold medal games of every Olympic women’s soccer tournament, up until 2016. They were eliminated by Sweden in a penalty shootout.
The US team won the last of four Olympic gold medals in London 2012 and will now open Group G play against Sweden at Tokyo Stadium on July 21.