The United States Women’s National Team are once again CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying champions, as they breezed through this year’s tournament without giving up a goal in beating Haiti, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Canada. With that victory comes a berth in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, where they will seek to become the first women’s team to win a Women’s World Cup and the Olympic gold medal in consecutive years.
This USWNT is arguably the strongest in the history of the women’s game, and they’re set up to be the favorites once again in Japan. Now comes the hard part of figuring out which players will fill the 18 spots on the roster. The Women’s World Cup had 23 players with a couple hard cuts, and this most recent qualifying tournament had a roster of 20 with some players who were on the World Cup roster on the outside looking in. The debate on who makes the cut for the 18-player roster will be intense.
There are still a few more months before the USWNT heads off to Tokyo. There are some veterans that are pushing for one last shot at a gold medal, some younger players hungry to break through and become the new core, and there’s also Alex Morgan, who intends to make an attempt to return to the team after giving birth in April. With all that to consider, we ask the Community Corner: who would make your 18-player roster?
Hit the comments and list your roster (you must have at least 2 goalkeepers), and of course, defend your decision!