U.S. women's national team roster for Olympic qualifying is picked

U.S. women's national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named the 20-player roster for the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament that begins Jan. 28.

The U.S. will attempt to qualify for a seventh consecutive Olympic Games and win the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying event for the fifth consecutive time.

All 20 players selected were a part of the USA's January training camp in Tampa, Florida that concluded Wednesday. The 20 players are three less than the 23 players on the 2019 Women's World Cup team and two more than the maximum number of players allowed on the Olympic roster itself.

Eighteen of the 20 players chosen by Andonovski were on the Women's World Cup championship team.

The two players on the roster who were not a part of the 2019 Women's World Cup team are forward Lynn Williams, who scored 12 goals for the NWSL champion North Carolina Courage in 2019 and has been playing in on loan in Australia for the Western Sydney Wanderers, and midfielder Andi Sullivan, who plays for the Washington Spirit.

The five players on the 2019 Women's World Cup team who weren't picked are Tierna Davidson, Morgan Brian, Allie Long, Mallory Pugh and Alex Morgan. The first four were in Tampa; Morgan is pregnant and hopes to return to action in time for the Olympics.

Vlatko Andonovski: "Full credit to the players for competing hard during our January camp and for making our final roster decisions difficult. We have a balanced roster with versatile players and of course they have a lot of experience in important games. This is a team that understands that you have to be aggressive and unpredictable in how you create scoring chances but also knows how to be smart on defense at the same time. They are mature and savvy players who can adjust on the fly if needed and of course are highly motivated to earn that berth to the Olympics."

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns; 3), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 24), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 57)
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 53/0), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 96/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 104/1), Kelley O'Hara (Utah Royals; 125/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals; 171/0), Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride; 40/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 95/19), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns; 78/12), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 38/10), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 60/14), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 15/0)
FORWARDS (6): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns; 162/32), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 288/121), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 14/2), Christen Press (Utah Royals; 130/51), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 160/50), Lynn Williams (Western Sydney Wanderers/AUS; 21/6)

10 comments about "U.S. women's national team roster for Olympic qualifying is picked".
  1. R2 Dad, January 17, 2020 at 6:39 p.m.

    Anyone care to read the tea leaves as to why Davidson, Pugh, Brian and Long were left out?

  2. James Madison, January 17, 2020 at 7:23 p.m.

    Other than the limit being 20 vs. the World Cup 23 and the need to carry extra forwards, as those listed are aging, no.  If I were the coach, I would have gambled on only two goalkeepers and kept either Davidson or Pugh.


  3. Brian Schultz replied, January 18, 2020 at 8:34 a.m.

    I read that each team must carry 3 goalkeepers

  4. R2 Dad, January 17, 2020 at 8:05 p.m.

    I don't see the benefit of Carli Lloyd. She's 37 and a super sub at this point. But her legs are gone, and international sports is a young person's game. It's a difficult call to sit her, but the correct one. I think this is strike one for Vlatko--he made the safe choice instead of the hard choice.

  5. Michael Saunders replied, January 17, 2020 at 10:53 p.m.

    Hey R2 Dad:

    Not difficult to read the tea leaves .....

    #1:    None of the four played any minutes for the U.S. once it reached the knockout rounds of last summer's World Cup.

    #2:  Vlako confirmed that Davidson has still not recovered fully from an ankle injury and only played a limited time during camp .... could not play a full 90.....  

    #3:  Review Soccer America WNT Ratings for games in 2019 and note that of the forwards Pugh had the lowest average score in pre-rostering WC matches  & 2nd worst in pre-WC friendlies after roster announcement .....  Bottom line:  She has not been the same player following her two knee injuries in 2017 & the PCL strain in 2018 she is reticent and lacks confidence.

    Please note that Vlatko has stated in a conference call that he invited Pugh to still train with the team because the talent is there ..... My gut tells me is trying to help her re-gain her form

    #4:  Brian pre-WC & during WC were way off form.  Brian under Dames at Red Stars has improved (she had a serious of injuries from 2016-through 2018).  

    #5:  Long???   Best guess ...... age.



  6. Michael Saunders replied, January 17, 2020 at 10:56 p.m.

    R2 Dad ...... Disagree with your assessment of Lloyd ..... 

  7. Bob Ashpole replied, January 18, 2020 at 12:32 a.m.

    I am surprised at your comment, since Alex Morgan is unavailable. Lloyd can play any attacking position, including CF. Who else would you put in that position?

    Plus Lloyd is a game changer and has the biggest heart on the team. I wish she could share some of it with the MNT. Lloyd has enough heart to motivate an entire team.

  8. Bob Ashpole, January 18, 2020 at 12:20 a.m.

    I wish them all the best.  

    As for the selection, I don't see any controversy. Everyone in the camp was an excellent player. He couldn't take everyone. If I remember correctly most of the field players selected have played in more than one position. Lots of utility there.

    I am not surprised at taking 3 keepers or at taking Carli Lloyd.    

  9. Nick Gabris, January 18, 2020 at 12:07 p.m.

    Pugh is the future, she needs games to build back her confidence, someoe to mentor her which Ellis did not do. No disrespect, but Lloyd way past her prime, needs to retire or go kick footballs.

  10. David Blenko, January 18, 2020 at 3:51 p.m.

    Tierna Davidson reportedly is recovering from an injury.

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