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Team USA women’s soccer roster announced for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The 18 women that will represent the USA in Japan include seven Olympic rookies as the USWNT looks to avenge their shocking loss in Rio.

United States forward Megan Rapinoe looks on in action during a Summer Series friendly international match between Nigeria and the United States on June 16, 2021 at Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX. Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

17 of the 18 women heading to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics as part of the US Women’s National Team were also part of the 23-woman roster that won the 2019 World Cup in Canada.

There are two four-time Olympians in 39-year-old Carli Lloyd (Gotham FC), and perhaps the most technically-skilled player in American history in Tobin Heath (Manchester United). Both women won gold medals in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London, and were part of the team that was stunned out of the Rio 2016 games in a shock loss to Sweden in the quarterfinals by their former coach Pia Sundhage. It was the first time the USA failed to medal since women’s soccer was added in 1996.

Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), and captain Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns) will all be in their third Games, while Crystal Dunn and Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), join Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Christen Press (Manchester United) and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars) were part of the team in Rio, and are in search of their first gold medal.

The Olympic rookies on the roster includes Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), and Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns).

Former Boston College star and midfielder Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash) joins her sister Sam on the roster as an Olympic rookie, and is the lone member of the team who didn’t go to the 2019 World Cup.

There are four alternates in case of injury as well: GK Jane Campbell, D Casey Krueger, MF Catarina Macario, and F Lynn Williams.