When looking at the best team in the world, how can one simply pick just 18 USWNT players to take to this year’s Summer Olympics?
There are so many options that have contributed to the success of the USWNT – not only during the last Olympics but the past two World Cups.
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Naeher would be the first choice in making the USWNT goalkeeping squad. She has been incredible not only during the friendly matches that were played back in November, but also during the World Cup.
Her record within the NWSL last season was also impressive, as a result she is anticipated to continue to shine in the 2020 season.
Harris’ goalkeeping skills and determination have skyrocketed recently. She impressed with her performance in the Olympic qualifying match against Panama.
Crystal Dunn literally knows how to get it done! This versatile player is known in the midfield for her club, but part of the back-line for the national team.
She has held the left flank fiercely and has created some dangerous plays through her impeccable speed. The way that Dunn breaks tackles to her amazing vision up the field gives the opposition something to watch out for.Embed from Getty Images
Abby Dahlkemper has been a rock at the back for her country. The field awareness that she has is fantastic. Her ball distribution to the players up top is what gives the USWNT that winning advantage we have already seen.
Sauerbrunn has commanded the centre-back position wonderfully during her last couple of fixtures.
The Utah Royals defender gives the national team a stance that makes it hard for the attacking forwards to break down their defensive wall.
USA’s back-line is a strong and steady force to be reckoned with when featuring Sauerbrunn and Dahlkemper.
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Another player to keep your eyes on. Krieger has done some phenomenal
play-making within the qualifying rounds and carried out performances that are expected to continue in Tokyo.
When she’s in the back-line, there’s not a lot that gets past Ali Krieger.Embed from Getty Images
There’s only one word that can describe O’Hara on the pitch: explosive. She can take it to you on the right side of the pitch and make you pay for it. The face of seriousness just shows the intensity that she has when she is playing.
O’Hara – becoming a popular GIF or not – knows how to create space and make the midfielders on the opposing team regret that they have to mark her.
The Utah Royals rightback will be one to watch as well as she will put anyone to the test that comes up against her.
Julie Ertz is someone you can guarantee will be receiving a call-up for the Olympics.
Ertz can control the midfield but also drop back to help defend. She is another versatile player who can make any team struggle to keep her at bay.Embed from Getty Images
The Chicago Red Stars midfielder can challenge for balls in the air, defend and tackle, and create scoring drives off what seems to be out of thin air.
At a young age, Lavelle has figured out how to pick apart any back-line and find the pockets in any formation.
Lavelle is the energizer bunny of the USWNT! She keeps going and going and gets the job done.
Anyone who is attempting to guard her will have a tough 90 minutes. The 24-year-old can move out of position quickly to create awesome scoring opportunities.Embed from Getty Images
The North Carolina Courage champion has had her fair share of exposure for club and country and she never disappoints. Mewis has a winning mentality and will do whatever it takes to help the team get the end result desired.
Horan has had a fantastic run with the Olympic qualifying matches but also
with the November friendlies too.
Horan scored one of the highest goal totals in the Olympic qualifying rounds, which has made her a hot topic among the candidates making the journey to Tokyo.
Megan Rapinoe is the name that most people think of when they hear about the USWNT. This social icon can still tear up the left side of the pitch and manipulate scoring drives with her fantastic ball delivery.Embed from Getty Images
37-year-old Lloyd is an impact player that still keeps finding ways to score. She may be up in age but that does not stop her.
Lloyd can make it hard for the defence to cover her creative ways of scoring.
Christen Press can be broken down by this simple equation, Press = Pressure.
Anyone who watches her out on the wing can see that she will bring pressure to the back-line. She adds a different combination play to this front line of attack for the US, which has helped her stake her claim that the final third is her domain.Embed from Getty Images
Williams put on an impressive show this last year in the NWSL as she was able to help NC Courage capture another NWSL championship trophy.
The speed that this player possesses is simply unreal. She can get around any player and take it to the house.
Williams is another player that has any team, club or country tripping up on how to shut her down.
Heath was part of the original (A.T.M) powerhouse that would start for the USA. She does an amazing job of crossing the ball and getting those Tobin moves we can only see done by her to get by the defence.
The weaves and dives in and out that she is able to do catches many back-lines off and can be exploited.Embed from Getty Images
Another one from the NC Courage club that is not a stranger to getting in the zone and staying there.
McDonald can pick up goals like they are being handed out and she knows what it takes to find the back of the net. One who should definitely be considered to take the World Stage in July.
Last but not least, Mallory Pugh. The uproar over her not being named in the Olympics qualifying squad drew more attention than anticipated.
Vlatko has stated that she is part of the bigger picture and is the future for this team.
A younger player than most, she is able to find those spots that keep the defence on their toes. Pugh can also give additional help in the midfield to help boost creativity.Embed from Getty Images
A questionable player that needs to be mentioned is Alex Morgan. A few weeks ago, she was training with the USWNT as they were preparing for the final rounds of the Olympic qualifiers.
With her expecting to give birth in April, Morgan is very confident that she will be back in time to be named for the squad. Vlatko has stated that every player will have to work hard and fight for a spot on the pitch.
As a new coach at the helm, he has his hands full preparing not only for the Olympics, but for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup.