U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski unveiled his final roster Tuesday for the three international matches of the 2021 WNT Summer Series as preparations continue for the Olympic tournament this summer.
The USWNT tuneups will include matches against Portugal (June 10), Jamaica (June 13) and Nigeria (June 16). These will be the final matches for players to showcase themselves before Andonovski selects the final Olympic roster.
The roster is missing Chicago Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz, who is recovering from an MCL injury suffered in the first game of the NWSL season. Tobin Heath will be in camp with the other 23 players as she continues her recovery from a knee injury.
USWNT Roster: 2021 Summer Series
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)
FORWARDS (6): Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Manchester United), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)
USWNT at the Tokyo Olympics
Andonovski’s team was drawn into the proverbial Group of Death at the Tokyo Olympics. The USA’s round-robin group stage foes will include Sweden (July 21), New Zealand (July 24) and Australia (July 27).
The top two teams will advance from each group to the single-elimination Olympic quarterfinals. The two best third-place finishers in the group stage also will qualify.
The USWNT will be seeking its fifth Olympic gold medal and the first since 2012.
The U.S. women have registered six shutout wins in seven international matches thus far in 2021. The other result was a draw against the same Sweden team they will be facing in Tokyo. They’ve outscored their opponents 22-1 in those seven matches.
There will be two Olympic send-off matches in early July prior to the team departing to Japan.