U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis has named the 18-player roster that will play in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this August in the 2016 Olympic Games.
Out of the 18 players that will play in Rio, 14 of them were part of the squad that won the FIFA Women’s World Cup Title last summer and seven are returning Olympic Champions.
Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath, and Hope Solo will be playing in their third consecutive Olympic Games, while Alex Morgan, Kelley O’Hara, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn will be making their second consecutive appearance. In other words, this U.S. Olympic squad will be strong with experienced players who know how to perform on the field. An interesting note on Hope Solo is that she is on track to earn her 200th cap during the Olympics. If she accomplishes this Solo would be the 11th U.S. player to hit 200 caps and the first goalkeeper in international soccer history to do so.
Team USA is in Group G, along with France, New Zealand, and Columbia. They will play their first game of the tournament August 3 against New Zealand. France may be their biggest challenge in that group because believe or not, France has a good soccer team!
They’ve got the talent, the momentum, and most of all, the experience to win it all. The US WNT is the most successful team in all of Women’s FIFA. They’ve earned three World Cup Titles and they’ve won four Gold Medals. Nobody has accomplished more than Team USA.
Having said that, they’ve got to be the favorites to win it all.