After winning their third Women’s World Cup last summer our USWNT will attempt to do what no other world champion has ever done… follow up their Cup with an Olympic gold medal. While the WNT has won the women’s tournament during the summer games FOUR TIMES they’ve never done it following a WWC win (they took silver Sydney in 2000, following the 1999 win). So “Nothing’s Given” and everything to play for.
While the squad has undergone some pretty large changes (big ups to Abby Wambach, Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny,, Lauren Cheney (Holiday) it has been buffered by the additions of the next generation of WNT stars like 2015 NWSL leading scorer Crystal Dunn, Portland Thorns Lindsay Horan and Allie Long, plus teen phenom Mal #PughPughPugh.
Like we did last summer and all throughout their Victory Tournament, Olympic qualifying, and send-offs let’s come together for the most dominate soccer squad the world has ever seen. #WNTRunTheWorld after all and, geographically-speaking Brazil is on the Earth… so draw your own conclusions as Carli Lloyd and company prepare to run Rio as well.
#AOFamily… you know what to do… pack your local AO chapter bars and get ready to relive the craziness and passion that you all brought last summer. The group stage gets underway on August 3rd and the road to the final on August 19th is paved with gold for our Lady Nats. This team needs our support every step of the way from start to finish!
2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (6): Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (4): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)