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Who is in the USWNT soccer roster at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski has taken 22 players, mostly experienced stars with a few promising young players to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.

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Who is in the USWNT soccer roster at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?
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The United States women's national soccer team arrived in Japan a couple of weeks ago to acclimatise to conditions in Tokyo, usually hot and humid at this time of year, to prepare for their Olympic bid at this summer’s Games. USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski has taken 22 players to Tokyo - his squad comprises mostly experienced stars such as Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and the player ranked No.1 in the world by ESPN this year, Sam Mewis.

In total, 11 member of the USWNT Olympics squad were at the 2018 Rio Games; two of them, Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath will be competing at their fourth Summer Games, and both are set to equal the all-time record held by USWNT legend and three-time gold medalist Christie Pearce, who was part of the US women’s team which participated at the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Mewis sisters ringing on bells

It is also the first time that two sisters have represented the United States in a major tournament - Sam and Kristie Mewis will be making it a family affair in Tokyo.

The youngest members of the USWNT Olympic squad is Olympique Lyon’s 21-year-old midfielder Catarina Macario, who gained her first cap earlier this year and Chicago Red Stars defender Tierna Davidson who is 22.

At the end of June, coach Andonovski had originally announced a 18-player roster but the allowed quota for each squad was expanded to 22 at the start of this month following a request made to International Olympic Committee (IOC) by four national soccer associations - Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States due to concerns over Covid-19 infection affecting team selection.

That decision opened up places for Jane Thompson, Catarina Macario and 2016 NWSL Golden Boot winner Lynn Williams.

The USWNT, who arrived in Japan on 8 July, began their Olympic campaign against Sweden at Tokyo Stadium on Wednesday 21 July. Sweden defeated the US 3-0 in the Group G opener. The other teams in Group G are Australia and New Zealand.

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USWNT Tokyo 2020 Olympic squad

Goalkeepers: Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Thompson.

Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit), Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars)

Midfielders: Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon).

Forwards: Tobin Heath (-), Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (-), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).

*Tobin Heath and Christen Press are both currently without a club after their contracts at Manchester United expired in June.