There are 25 U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players; Who Will Make The Cut For The Tokyo Olympics?
U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski will have a tough time narrowing down a collection of world-class players for this summer’s tournament. This will probably be the biggest call in his time as the U.S. women’s team coach. Vlatko replaced Jill Ellis in 2019, and the upcoming Olympics will be his first major tournament. Soccer betting enthusiasts on Vwin, a top sports betting platform across Asia, will be keen to see who the coach selects from the myriad of talent at his disposal. When he finally names the team, many top players will be omitted. Which players will make the cut?
Alyssa Naeher is the undisputed number one goalkeeper for the USWNT, but the coach will have to make tough calls on who deputizes her. A.D. Franch will most likely take up the remaining goalkeeping spot. In that case, longtime backup Harris was frozen out, which opened the door for Campbell and French.
Franch has the upper hand because she has been on form for Portland Thorns and is more experienced than Campbell.
The team’s starting back four will comprise Dunn, O’Hara, Sauerbrunn, and Dahlkemper. The team relies on the stability of the center-back pairing of Dahlkemper and Sauerbrunn. Emily Sonnett will also make the cut because of her versatility. She can play all the positions at the backline and can also fill in at holding midfield role.
Davidson can also play the same roles, but Andonovski will most likely go for Sonnett after playing as a holding midfielder in the friendly against Nigeria. Purce will also make the cut in the fullback position to help her team break defenses down when they are attacking. She can also be a backup for the forward wide roles.
Another player who is likely to be left out is Alana Cook. The fact that she didn’t feature in any of the friendlies means that her time will come.
Despite struggling with injury, Julie Ertz is a player Andonovski will want to take to Japan. The team can cope without her at the group stages, giving her enough time to recover. Lindsey Horan looks set to fill in Ertz’s boots in the holding midfield role. She is the best bet because of her ability to start attacks from the back.
Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis also have their positions in the squad almost guaranteed. However, Lavelle is still a doubt after picking up an ankle injury against Jamaica. Mewis is the team’s box-to-box midfielder.
The other spot in the midfield will likely go to Catarina Macario. Although she usually plays as an attacker, Andonovski has utilized her in midfield in the friendlies. Kristie Mewis and Andi Sullivan are likely to miss out. Sullivan has not featured consistently for the USWNT this year, meaning the coach believes the other options he has are better.
Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Lynn Williams, and Christen Press are the forwards Andonovski will most likely go for. Press, Morgan, and Rapinoe have the much-needed big-game experience. Moreover, their current form makes them first picks. Heath has similar credentials, but her health is a significant concern. Therefore, she might not make the cut. Sophia Smith is undeniably talented, but at 20, she is the youngest, and her lack of experience could keep her out of the squad for now.
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