USWNT Olympic roster 2021: Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd headline USA women’s soccer team for Tokyo

It’s been nearly nine years since the U.S. women’s national soccer team last won an Olympic gold medal. A squad of 18 women will look to get the USA back to the highest podium at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The “Women’s Football Tournament,” as the competition at the Olympics is officially known, will see the USWNT and 11 other nations battle it out for a place on the medals stand.

The event kicks off with a round-robin group stage on July 21. Eight teams qualify for the single-elimination knockout rounds which start with the quarterfinals through to the final on Aug. 6 in Tokyo (Aug. 5 in the USA due to the time difference).

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USA Olympic women’s soccer roster

Below is the 18-player U.S. women’s national team Olympic roster, including four alternates who can replace a rostered player due to injury at any point before or during the tournament.

Pos.NameClubOlympic Exp.
GKAdrianna FranchPortland Thorns FC
GKAlyssa NaeherChicago Red Stars2016
DFAbby DahlkemperManchester City (ENG)
DFTierna DavidsonChicago Red Stars
DFCrystal DunnPortland Thorns FC2016
DFKelley O’HaraWashington Spirit2012, 2016
DFBecky SauerbrunnPortland Thorns FC2012, 2016
DFEmily SonnettWashington Spirit
MFJulie ErtzChicago Red Stars2016
MFLindsey HoranPortland Thorns FC2016
MFRose LavelleOL Reign
MFKristie MewisHouston Dash
MFSamantha MewisNorth Carolina Courage
FWTobin HeathUnattached2008, 2012, 2016
FWCarli LloydNJ/NY Gotham FC2008, 2012, 2016
FWAlex MorganOrlando Pride2012, 2016
FWChristen PressUnattached2016
FWMegan RapinoeOL Reign2012, 2016

U.S. Olympic Team Alternates

The following four players are not part of the official U.S. roster. If a player from the official roster needs to be replaced due to injury before or during the tournament, it would come from this group. The four players are traveling to Japan to train with the U.S. team in case they are called into action.

PositionNameClub (Country)Olympic Exp.
GKJane CampbellHouston Dash
DFCasey KruegerChicago Red Stars
MFCatarina MacarioOlympique Lyonnais (FRA)
FWLynn WilliamsNorth Carolina Courage

Who coaches the USWNT?

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The individual responsible for selecting the squad is head coach Vlatko Andonovski (above), who is leading the USWNT in his first major international competition.

He was hired as USWNT coach in October 2019 and in his first 21 matches at the helm the team has compiled an impressive 20-0-1 mark, setting a record for best start for a head coach in USWNT history.

Andonovski, who has been praised by the players for his staff’s level of detailed match preparation, joined the U.S. team after successful coaching stints at two NWSL clubs: Kansas City and OL Reign.

USWNT at the Olympics

The U.S. women reached the gold-medal match in every Olympics tournament except for the 2016 edition in London, where the USWNT was stunned by Sweden in a quarterfinal penalty-kick shootout.

Since women’s soccer was first introduced as an Olympic competition in 1996, the USA has won a total of four of the five finals it has played, losing only to Norway in 2000 on a sudden-death goal in extra time.

YearSiteUSWNT Finish (Final match)
1996AtlantaGold Medal (2-1 win vs. China)
2000SydneySilver Medal (3-2 loss vs. Norway)
2004AthensGold Medal (2-1 win vs. Brazil)
2008BeijingGold Medal (1-0 win vs. Brazil)
2012LondonGold Medal (2-1 win vs. Japan)
2016Rio de JaneiroQFs (1-1 vs. Sweden, 4-3 loss in PKs)

USWNT 2021 Olympics Schedule

The USWNT is ranked No. 1 in the world and at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics it will compete against three other teams in the group stage: Sweden (No. 5 in the world), Australia (No. 9) and New Zealand (No. 22).

There are a total of three groups in the women’s soccer tournament. The top two teams automatically advance to the quarterfinals along with the two best third-place finishers.

Group G

New Zealand00000000

Group G schedule

Wed, July 21Sweden vs. USA4:30 am ET
Wed, July 21Australia vs. New Zealand7:30 am ET
Sat, July 24Sweden vs. Australia4:30 am ET
Sat, July 24New Zealand vs. USA7:30 am ET
Tues, July 27New Zealand vs. Sweden4 am ET
Tues, July 27USA vs. Australia4 am ET


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