USWNT Sets Roster for Summer Olympic Tuneup

By: Max O'Neill
Posted: May 25, 2021

United States Women’s National Team Coach Vlatko Andonovski has announced his training camp roster for the summer series. The team is made up almost entirely of NWSL players with 19 of the 23 players coming from the domestic league. The summer series games will serve as a chance for Andonovski to scout his players ahead of the Olympic Games set to take place in Tokyo after it was delayed from last summer. 

The team will carry three goalies into the action, Jane Campbell from the Houston Dash, Adrianna French from the Portland Thorns and Alyssa Naeher from the Chicago Red Stars. In front of them, the team will carry eight defenders, including non-American league players in Alana Cook from Paris St. Germain and Abby Dahlkemper from Manchester City. Andonovski will get a look at six midfielders with recent NWSL arrival Rose Lavelle for OL Reign and current member of Olympique Lyonnais Catarina Macario. The team also includes the Mewis sisters with Kristie and Sam both making the roster as midfielders.  The team finishes up the roster with six forwards as they have USWNT legends, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, and Megan Rapinoe up top. 

The team has a total of 1,690 combined caps with the majority of those being held by Lloyd, Sauerbrunn, Morgan, Rapinoe, Press, O’Hara, and Dunn. That group has compiled 1,226 caps, with Lloyd leading the pack with just over 300.

Manchester United forward Tobin Heath will practice with the team but is not featured on the roster as she rehabs an ankle injury suffered in January. The other notable, and perhaps more concerning, omission on the roster is stalwart Julie Ertz who is trying to comeback from a sprained MCL suffered while playing for the Chicago Red Stars.

Andonovski mentioned that they will be taking Ertz’ recovery slow but that she should be ready to go by game one of the Olympic group stages against Sweden on July 21. 

“Because of her recovery and how well she is recovered, she was invited to come into camp as a training player, because the next step is a team environment and training with the team. It’s basically day by day. As she’s progressing, she’ll get more and more,” Andonovski said.

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Image courtesy of the USWNT Official twitter account.

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