The USWNT (United States Women’s National Team) won their last Olympic gold at the 2012 London Olympics. Since then, they have won two joint FIFA World Cups, two CONCACAF Championships and four SheBelieves Cups. Coming on July 23, the USWNT looks set to win gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, after nearly a decade.
In June, USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski appointed his 18-player squad for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He retained 11 players from his Rio 2016 team and 17 from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup team.
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GOALKEEPERS (2): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars).
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City / ENG), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)
USED (5): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage)
NEXT (5): Tobin Heath (unattached), Carli Lloyd (NJ / NY Gotham FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (unattached), Megan Rapinoe (OL reign).
Speaking to USSoccer.com, Vlatko Andonovski said:
“It has been a long process of getting to this point, longer than anyone thought it would be, but over the past year and a half we have gathered a lot of information about players in training, in their club matches and in international matches and we are confident we have chosen the team with the best chance of success in Japan. “
“We know there are a few very talented players who won’t be in Japan, but these were tough decisions we had to make. We have a very experienced team that went through hardships at the highest levels, so it is no surprise that these players stood out. They accepted the challenges and showed tremendous flexibility and determination over the past 15 months to take us where we are today. “
USWNT Tokyo Olympics schedule with timetables
The USWNT is in Group G, which includes Australia, New Zealand and Sweden. Their first match in the group is on July 21 against Sweden at the stadium in Tokyo – two days before the opening ceremony.
The USWNT then travels to Saitama, about 30 km north of Tokyo. He will face New Zealand on July 24 at Saitama Stadium.
Their last group match against Australia is on July 27 at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Kashima, a coastal city about 70 miles northeast of Tokyo.
July 21, 2021: Start time 17:30 local time / 4:30 Eastern time
USWNT against Sweden at Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.
July 24, 2021: Start time 20:30 local time / 7:30 Eastern time
USWNT v. New Zealand at Saitama Stadium in Saitama, Japan.
July 27, 2021: Start time 17:00 local time / 4:00 Eastern time
USWNT v. Australia at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Kashima, Japan.
July 30, 2021: Start time 17:00 local time / 4:00 Eastern time
QUARTERFINALS 1 – 2E against 2F – 4 in the morning Eastern Time at Miyagi
QUATERFINALS 2 – 1E against 3FG – 5 hours Eastern Time on Kashima
QUARTERFINALS 3 – 1G against 3EF – 6 hours Eastern Time in Saitama
QUARTERFINALS 4 – 1F compared to 2G – 7 hours Eastern Time in Yokohama
August 2, 2021: Start time 17:00 local time / 4:00 Eastern time
SEMIFINALS 1 – 1F / 2G vs. 2E / 2F – 4am Eastern Time in Kashima
SEMIFINALS 2 – 1E / 3FG vs. 1G / 3EF – 7:00 Eastern Time in Yokohama
August 5, 2021: Start time 17:00 local time / 4:00 Eastern time
BRONZE MATCH – TBD – 4:00 Eastern Time in Kashima
GOLD MATCH – TBD – 22:00 Eastern Time in Tokyo
Vlatko Andonovski was quoted by ussoccer.com:
“We have a balanced team with many players who can play several positions and that will be valuable because we are trying to play six games in 17 days in heat and humidity. Our coaching staff has the confidence that any player on the roster can perform when given the opportunity. We have a few players coming back due to injuries, but that gave some other players a chance to get a few minutes, which was a positive, so now we have to focus on preparing our entire rotor and tweaking a few things our farewell series. ”
USWNT Tokyo Olympics LIVE streaming details
NBCUniversal is the official broadcaster of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the United States. Viewers can follow the event on their local NBC stations. The Summer Games will also be available on NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports and the Peacock app.