A closer look at the USWNT stars on the Tokyo Olympics roster
Meet the 22 players from the United States national team that coach Vlatko Andonovski brought to Tokyo for the Olympics. Teams can only field 18 players per match:
Jane Campbell, 26, Houston Dash
The daughter of Navy fighter pilots who also competed in college competitions – Father Mike in hockey and rowing and mother Chrystal in rowing – Campbell is one of five members of the National Team who played at Stanford. … Made his senior international debut in April 2017 in a victory over Russia. … Is undefeated in five games with the USWNT, allowing just two goals in 308 minutes.
Adrianna Franch, 30, Portland Thorns
A two-time NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, Franch was part of the 2019 Women’s World Cup squad. … She has two clean sheets in five international appearances. … Made his international debut in 2019 at the age of 28. … is the first female Olympian in the state of Kansas.
Alyssa Naeher, 33, Chicago Red Stars
Two-time Women’s World Cup champion Naeher has allowed one goal in her last 16 appearances for the national team and suffered three losses in 73 games for the United States … Has shutout in 45 of those 73 appearances in the United States. … Scored over 2,000 points as a Connecticut high school point guard. … Twin sister Amanda, two-time NCAA Division III Player of the Year at Messiah College, is a high school football coach in North Carolina.
Abby Dahlkemper, 28, Manchester City
A member of the 2013 UCLA national championship team, she was the only American to start all seven games of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.… She was off the field for just eight minutes of the tournament in France. … She was a three-time NWSL Best XI selection and former Defender of the Year before leaving for Manchester City.
Tierna Davidson, 22, Chicago Red Stars
At 20, she was the youngest member of the 2019 Women’s World Cup team. … A national champion at Stanford. … A versatile defender, she can play as a starting midfielder, at the center-back and on a wing. … Was the first player since Julie Foudy in 1994 to play the full 90 minutes in her first five senior caps. … His grandmother was captain of the Republic of Ireland field hockey team from 1955 to 1957.
Crystal Dunn, 28, Portland Thorns
Started six games at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. … Won the Hermann Trophy and an NCAA title in North Carolina, where she was named the conference offensive and defensive player of the year. … A two-time NWSL champion, she won the league’s Golden Boot and MVP awards in 2015.
Casey Krueger, 30, Chicago Red Stars
One of the final selections for the 2019 Women’s World Cup squad, Krueger initially made the Olympic squad as a substitute. … His debut in the NWSL and senior national team was delayed until 2016 by injuries. … Krueger also raced on track in high school and won three state championships, two at 800 yards and one at 400 yards, becoming the first girl from Illinois to win both events of the state class championships AA the same year.
Kelley O’Hara, 32, Washington Spirit
Double champion of the Women’s World Cup, she also won an Olympic title in 2012. … One of the nine players of the team with more than 100 international caps. … Won the Hermann Trophy at Stanford. … Made his national team debut in 2010.
Becky Sauerbrunn, 36, Portland Thorns
Team captain Sauerbrunn is a two-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist. … His 188 international caps are just Carli Lloyd among the active players. … Only one fielder in American football history has played more games without scoring a goal. … is four times NWSL Defender of the Year and seven times Best XI.
Emily Sonnett, 27, Washington Spirit
Made her national team debut in 2015 and appeared in a 2019 Women’s World Cup game. … Was a substitute for USA at the 2016 Olympics. … May play on the back row or in the middle of the field. … In addition to the NWSL, played professionally in Sweden and Australia
Julie Ertz, 29, Chicago Red Stars
An uncompromising defensive midfielder, Ertz is arguably the most essential player on the American list. … Is recovering from an MCL injury that prevented her from attending last training camp. … Two-time world champion and two-time American player of the year, she has the most caps of any midfielder on the list with 110.
Lindsey Horan, 27, Portland Thorns
Scored two goals and two assists at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. … Is a former NWSL Champion and MVP. … Tied with Christen Press with seven best goals in the United States in 2020. … Has scored 46 times in four seasons with Paris Saint-Germain. … Has scored or assisted in 12 of his last 20 appearances for the United States, recording 10 goals and seven assists. … She and Carli Lloyd are the only two women to play in every game for the United States in 2021.
Rose Lavelle, 26, Reign of OL
Won the bronze ball as the third best player at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, in which she scored three times in six starts. … Scored his first international goal on his third start for the United States … As a third-year student in Ohio, Lavelle dressed up as Mia Hamm to present a book on the doubles World Cup winner. … His selection to his first Olympic team was briefly questioned after rolling an ankle earlier this month. … Scored the last goal of the 2019 Women’s World Cup final.
Catarina Macario, 21, Lyon
The youngest player on the team at 21. … was born in Brazil and started playing football at the age of 4, mostly in boys’ teams. … Moved to San Diego at age 12 with her father to continue her football career. … Played for the San Diego Surf and Torrey Pines Falcons before going to Stanford, where she won two Hermann Trophies in three seasons. … Became a US citizen last October and was cleared by FIFA to play for the US in January. … made her international debut five days later before becoming the first naturalized citizen to play for the USWNT.
Kristie Mewis, 30, Houston Dash
The older sister of Women’s World Cup champion Sam. … Made her professional debut in 2013 with Canberra of the Australian W-League. … Also played for Bayern Munich in Germany and FC Kunoichi in Japan. … Was ranked third overall in the first NWSL Draft by Kansas City, coached by Vlatko Andonovski. … Made her national team debut in 2013, made five appearances in 2014, then went for five years before being called up in 2020 by Andonovski.
Sam Mewis, 30, North Carolina Courage
An NCAA champion at UCLA. … Scored two goals and tied for top of the team with three assists in the 2019 Women’s World Cup.… Scored or assisted in four of their last five national team appearances. … Won two NWSL titles with North Carolina Courage and a Women’s FA Cup with Manchester City. … Older sister Kristie, also a Houston Dash midfielder, is also part of the Olympic squad.
Tobin Heath, 33, single
Double world champion and Olympic champion. … scored in both United States’ two farewell games with Mexico after a six-month absence due to ankle and knee injuries. … Will compete in her fourth Olympics, tying Christie Rampone’s record. … Played 16 unbeaten Women’s World Cup games.
Carli Lloyd, 39, Gotham FC
Two-time world champion and Olympic champion, Lloyd is one of the most decorated players of all time. … is the only player, male or female, to score the winning goal in two Olympic finals. … Is double world player of the year. … will face Heath and Rampone with four Olympic appearances in Tokyo, and if the United States wins gold again, she and Heath will become the only players to win two World Cups and three Olympic titles. … needs a goal to equal Abby Wambach’s Olympic record of nine. … Ranked third all-time among Americans with 306 caps and fourth with 126 goals. … Has scored a goal or an assist in 15 of his last 25 appearances.
Alex Morgan, 32, Orlando Pride
Twice finalist for World Player of the Year. … Double female world champion and Olympic gold medalist. … Her six goals and three assists tied for the 2019 Women’s World Cup debut goal. … Scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the semi-final win over England in the 2019 World Cup.… Tied for fourth in the NWSL with four goals in seven games. … His 110 international goals in 180 games are behind Lloyd among active US players and rank fifth all-time. … I spent much of 2020 on maternity leave.
Megan Rapinoe, 36, reigns OL
World Player of the Year 2019 and Ballon d’Or. … Won the Golden Shoe (top scorer) and the Ballon d’Or (best player) at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. … Double Women’s World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist in 2012.… Has a team record with seven goals in nine games this year.
Christen Press, 32, unattached
Ninth on the all-time goalscoring list in the United States with 63 career goals, Press has been directly involved in 37 goals in its last 37 games. … A two-time Women’s World Cup champion, she was a substitute for the 2012 Olympic team that won gold in London. … Won the Hermann Trophy at Stanford in 2010, as she led the nation in goals and assists. … Also had a 3.61 GPA in college. … Carried the Chadwick High from Palos Verdes Estates to two titles in the southern section.
Lynn Williams, 28, North Carolina Courage
A Hermann Trophy finalist at Pepperdine, Williams is one of five players to never have been on a Women’s World Cup or Olympic Games team. … Was the NWSL scoring champion and MVP in 2016, when she won the first of three league championships. … At a speed that changes the game.