The 18 players representing the United States in women’s football at the Olympic Games were announced last week. The competition, which will begin on 21 July, two days before the event’s official opening, has the Americans as the great favorites to win the gold medal. However, it will not be accessible in the group phase, as Vlatko Andonovski’s team has the most challenging group in the tournament.
That is why the squad selected for the tournament comprises the country’s top football stars. To give you an idea of the team’s experience, nine of the 18 players called up have already made more than 100 appearances for the US national team. All this motivation is justified by the need to recover the morale of the United States in the sport at the Olympics, since in 2016, for the first time in history, the team was out of the podium.
The squad for the US women’s national team
The announcement of the United States women’s national team call-ups for the Olympics held no surprises. Coach Vlatko Andonovski called up the best players available for the tournament for his first big challenge at the helm. The country’s most prominent names in football were called up, including Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.
In addition to them, other well-known players have been called up for the competition. Forward Carli Lloyd, with over 300 caps to her name, is the most experienced of them. There are seven players, for example, who were in the 2012 Olympic gold medal campaign at the London Games. In addition to the three already mentioned, Becky Sauerbrunn, Tobin Heath, Christen Press, and Kelley O’Hara will seek their second Olympic title.
The US women’s team in the early stages of the tournament
The United States women’s national team is in Group G of the Olympic Games. Along with the favorites Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand, they have the most challenging group of the tournament. For example, the Swedes, who finished in third place in the last World Cup, will be their main adversary.
Australia will also have to be on its guard. Despite a less than stellar showing at the last World Cup, the team is strong and can rely mainly on the talent of the experienced Sam Kerr. The New Zealanders are not expected to offer much resistance, even though they have some quality. The Americans open the Olympic Games against Sweden and then face New Zealand. Finally, in the final group, they will face Australia.
The primary opponents in the other groups
Of the eight teams in the other groups, at least five are in an actual position to trouble the USA in the race for gold. For example, the Netherlands, the reigning World Cup runners-up, are the foremost among them. The Dutch team, after all, made the final of the last World Cup precisely against the United States and has names like strikers Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema.
In the same group as the Netherlands is the always dangerous Seleção Brasileira. The team led by Marta is trying to win the desired gold medal finally and has, perhaps, the last chance to reach the top of the podium with the star player on the field. In the other group, Great Britain, led by several English players, such as the skillful Lucy Bronze, Canada, and Japan, who always give trouble, may also surprise and give trouble to the United States.
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