The United States Women’s National Team are back-to-back defending World Cup champions and they’re the best team in the solar system. Simply put, they’re incredible. This year’s World Cup triumph featured a 2-time FIFA Best Women’s Player, Carli Lloyd, coming off the bench. That’s how loaded this team was, and it was so much fun to watch.
Well, next summer that fun will be reduced by 5. The Women’s World Cup roster for the USWNT was 23 players, but should they do the expected and qualify once again for next summer’s Olympics, only 18 players will make the trip to Japan. That creates a dilemma for new head coach Vlatko Andonovski, who probably has a player pool of 26-30 players that are good enough to make that Olympic roster.
Some of the questions will be whether some of the veterans continue to play on the roster. There are some younger players waiting in the wings to get their shot, and Andonovski has brought a few of them into this current camp for friendlies against Sweden and Costa Rica this week. There’s also the question of whether Alex Morgan will be available after announcing she was expecting a new addition to the family next spring. As we move into Olympic qualifying early next year, Andonovski will have to make the tough decisions on who makes the cut to try and become the first team to win a World Cup and Olympic gold medal in consecutive years.
So, today’s Community Corner gives you a blank roster and a pen. Who makes your Olympic roster for the USWNT if you were in charge? Hit the comments and discuss, assuming that everyone in the player pool will be available for selection.