The U.S. women’s national team will kick off their Olympic group stage on Tuesday July 21 against Sweden. Their road to gold features a 22 player roster that holds a mix of veteran experience at the international level, and first time Olympians with strong ties to the National Women’s Soccer League, America’s home for domestic club soccer.
The International Olympic Committee recently made adjustment to roster rules for the women’s soccer competition in light of the on-going coronavirus pandemic, extending national team squads from 18 players to 22. Previous rules allowed teams to name four alternates who could only be used as replacements for injured players, and players who were replaced were no longer allowed to play in the tournament. The new rule adjustment allows teams more flexibility to interchange game day lineups, providing the option to use all 22 players over the course of the tournament. That said, teams will still be limited to 18-player team sheets, with 11 starters and seven substitutes for each match.
USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski now has an expanded roster to choose from as the team looks ahead to their opponents in group G where they will face Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden. Let’s take a closer look at the Olympians for the USWNT, and where and how they’ll line up.
Tokyo Olympics U.S.A. Women’s Soccer Team Roster
Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
Naeher will be…