Here are the 18 US Olympic Women's Soccer Team players heading to Tokyo

The 2020 Summer Olympics are just around the corner and the U.S. Women’s National Team has selected the soccer players heading to Tokyo.

Vlatko Andonovski, USWNT’s head coach, announced the names of the 18-player roster for this summer’s Olympic Games on Wednesday. The team includes 11 players who were on the U.S. roster for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and 17 players who were members of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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“It’s been a long process to get to this point, longer than anyone thought it would be,” Andonovski said in a statement. “But we collected a lot of information on the players over the past year and a half in trainings, in their club matches and in international games and we’re confident that we’ve selected the team with the best chance for success in Japan.”

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe, who led the U.S. Women’s National Team to a World Cup victory in 2019, will be competing at the Olympics with the USWNT for the third time.

PHOTO: Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States crosses the ball against Nigeria during a WNT Summer Series game at Q2 Stadium, June 16, 2021, in Austin, Texas.

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For forwards Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath, the 2020 USWNT is their fourth Olympic team. Lloyd, who will turn 39 next month, is the oldest U.S. Women’s Soccer Olympian, nearly two years older than former captain and 2021 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Christie Pearce when she played in the 2012 Olympics.

Also on the team is forward Alex Morgan. The 31-year-old California native previously won gold at the 2012 Olympics and has been on the National Team for 11 years. The 2020 games will be her first Olympics as a mom.

PHOTO: Alex Morgan #13 of the United States chases a loose ball against Nigeria during a WNT Summer Series game at Q2 Stadium, June 16, 2021, in Austin, Texas.

“I’m actually the 13th mom on the national team so I’m here representing all the future moms and I’m trying to show that we can do it all,” Morgan, whose daughter Charlie just turned 1, said Wednesday on “GMA.” “As challenging as it is, you have to figure it out. You have to be mom and a professional athlete.”

“There’s a lot of athletes going to Tokyo that are also fellow mom athletes and I’m excited to catch up with them and just kind of represent all the moms,” she said.

Those heading to the Olympics for the first time include defenders Abby Dahlkemper, Tierna Davidson and Emily Sonnett, goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, midfielders Rose Lavelle and sisters Samantha and Kristie Mewis.

Check out the full list of players heading to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics below.

2020 U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team

Goalkeepers
Adrianna Franch
Alyssa Naeher

Defenders
Abby Dahlkemper
Tierna Davidson
Crystal Dunn
Kelley O’Hara
Becky Sauerbrunn
Emily Sonnett

Midfielders
Julie Ertz
Lindsey Horan
Rose Lavelle
Kristie Mewis
Samantha Mewis

Forwards
Tobin Heath
Carli Lloyd
Alex Morgan
Christen Press
Megan Rapinoe

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