Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe lead US women’s Olympic roster

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All but one of the 18-player roster who will compete in Tokyo were part of the 2019 World Cup Championship squad. The squad will have an average age of 30.8 at the start of the game and an average of 111 international selections per player.

“We have a balanced squad with a lot of players who can play in multiple positions and that will be invaluable as we try to play six games in 17 days in the heat and humidity,” said head coach Vlatko Andonovski.

“Our coaching staff is confident that any player on the roster can play when they have the chance.”

Forwards Lloyd and Tobin Heath have been named to the United States Women’s Olympic Team for the fourth time, a record tied.

Lloyd, who will be 39 before the Olympics, will also eclipse former team captain Christie Pearce Rampone as America’s oldest women’s football Olympian by nearly two years.

Rapinoe, who scored the winning goal in the 2019 World Cup final, will become a three-time Olympian along with Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara and Morgan, all of whom competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Midfielder Kristie Mewis is the only player on the roster who isn’t on the 2019 World Cup squad.

The US women’s team had qualified for the gold medal match in every women’s Olympic football tournament that had been played until 2016, when they were eliminated by Sweden in a session of penalty shoot-out in the quarter-finals.

The US team, which won the last of its four Olympic gold medals at the London 2012 Games, will open the Group G match on July 21, two days before the opening ceremony, against Sweden at Tokyo Stadium. .

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