Here is some interesting facts and tidbits about the U.S. women’s national team Olympic roster.
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* The roster is broken down by position into two goalkeepers, six defenders, five midfielders and five forwards, but numerous players on the roster can and have played multiple positions for the USA.
* Carli Lloyd has the most Olympic appearances coming into the tournament with 16 and the most Olympic goals with eight. Tobin Heath has made 12 Olympic appearances.
* Lloyd scored the winning goal in the gold medal game at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. In 2008, she scored the USA’s lone goal in a 1-0 overtime victory against Brazil, and in 2012 she scored both goals in the USA’s 2-1 victory against Japan. Lloyd is the team’s leading scorer heading into the Olympics with 125 career goals, which also ranks fourth in USWNT history.
* The roster averages 111 international caps per player and has a combined total of 77 Olympic appearances and 17 Olympic goals, courtesy of Lloyd (8), Alex Morgan (5), Megan Rapinoe (4) and Crystal Dunn (1). By comparison, at the time of roster announcement for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster, the squad averaged 80 caps per player. while the 2016 Olympic roster averaged 77 caps per player heading into the send-off matches with a total of 53 combined Olympic caps.
* Nine of the 18 players on the roster for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have 100+ caps and every outfield player on the roster has at least 24 caps.
* The average age of the team when the USA opens play on July 21 will be 30.8 years old.
* 22-years-old, Tierna Davidson is the youngest player on the roster, a distinction she also held at the 2019 World Cup. Davidson was born in September 1998, more than two years after the USA won the first-ever gold medal in women’s soccer at the 1996 Olympics.
* There are five players on the roster from California (Davidson, Abby Dahlkemper, Morgan, Christen Press and Rapinoe) with two players each hailing from Georgia (Kelley O’Hara and Emily Sonnett), New Jersey (Heath and Lloyd) and Massachusetts (Kristie and Samantha Mewis).
* Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch is the first women’s soccer Olympian from Kansas.
* Nine players on the roster have been capped more than 100 times, led by Lloyd, who has played 304 times for the USA, third-most in U.S. history. Becky Sauerbrunn (186), Morgan (178), Rapinoe (177), Heath (169), Press (147), O’Hara (138), Dunn (114) and Julie Ertz (108) are the other eight.
* Of the 16 field players on the roster, only Sauerbrunn, Dahlkemper (her center back partner) and Sonnett have yet to score an international goal. In fact, Sauerbrunn is seven games away from breaking the record for most USWNT caps without scoring a goal, currently held by USWNT General Manager Kate Markgraf.
* Thirteen of the 18 players on the roster have played for the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at the youth level and Franch was on a youth World Cup roster but did not play.
* Of the 14 players who played in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, 13 were named to the Olympic roster.
* Morgan is the owner of the record for the latest goal in Olympic, FIFA and U.S. history, tallying after 122 minutes and 22 seconds against Canada to notch the game-winning goal in the semifinals of the 2012 Olympics.
* Eight of the 10 NWSL clubs are represented on the roster, with only the Kansas City NWSL and Racing Louisville without a player.
* Portland Thorns FC lead the way with four players, followed by the Chicago Red Stars with three and OL Reign FC and the Washington Spirit with two each. NJ/NY Gotham FC, the Houston Dash, the Orlando Pride and the North Carolina Courage have one player each.