Olympic football for history: Lloyd and Heath will play their fourth Games, while Rapinoe and Morgan, their third

Olympic football for history: Lloyd and Heath will play their fourth Games, while Rapinoe and Morgan, their third

The United States women’s national soccer team was defined this Wednesday with the list of 18 players who will be in Tokyo 2020 and led by the experienced Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath who will compete for the fourth time in the Olympic Games.

There was no kind of surprise among those selected and the familiar faces that have been seen in recent tournaments within the current World Champion are repeated.

Lloyd, 39, will become the oldest female Olympic soccer player in US history, and together with Heath, she will have the most Summer Games experience.

While the list has 11 players who also traveled to Rio de Janeiro 2016. Lloyd, two-time FIFA Player of the Year, scored the winning goals for the United States in the gold medal games at the Beijing Olympics. 2008 and London 2012.

Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Kelley O’Hara will become three-time Olympians, while Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, Julie Ertz, Christen Press and Alyssa Naeher will do so for the second time.

The team includes 17 players who were part of the 2019 team that won the FIFA Women’s World Cup and will seek to become the first team to win Olympic gold immediately after lifting the World Cup.

The list of players attending the Olympics for the first time includes Abby Dahlkemper, Tierna Davidson, Emily Sonnett, Samantha Mewis, Rose Lavelle, Adrianna Franch and Kristie Mewis, who is also the only member of the team who did not go to the 2019 World Cup. .

The American Moldovan coach Vlatko Andonovski, who is the team’s top technical manager, will also be debuting, and of which he said that he will have the best group, the most balanced, in Tokyo 2020, which could meet throughout the process they have completed. on the way to the olympic event.

Andonovski’s main reference in the selection process was the experience factor, since the average age of the team is 30.8 years, and 111 international matches played by each player.

The presence of Ertz and Heath was questioned due to injuries, but they are expected to be ready to play.

Should the United States need to make any team changes during the tournament due to injuries, four players – forward Lynn Williams, midfielder Catarina Macario, defender Casey Krueger and goalkeeper Jane Campbell – will also travel as substitutes.

The United States opens against Sweden on July 21, two days before the opening ceremony, and will play New Zealand (July 24) and Australia (July 27) in the other group stage matches.

Before heading to Japan, the team will play Mexico on July 1 and 5 in East Hartford, Connecticut, two games that will be of great use to the Stars and Stripes team.

The official roster of the US women’s Olympic soccer team that will travel to Tokyo 2020 consisted of two goalkeepers, six defenders, five midfielders and five forwards.

Goalkeepers (2): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC) and Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders (6): 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) and Emily Sonnett ( Washington Spirit).

Midfielders (5): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash) and Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage)

Forwards (5): Tobin Heath (no team), Carli Lloyd (NJ / NY Gotham FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (no team), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign).

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