For his first competition as the head coach of the United States women’s national team, Vlatko Andonovski has named a squad of 20 for Olympic qualifiers, cutting several World Cup winners.
High profile cuts were likely coming — the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament rules only allow for a squad size of 20 as opposed to the World Cup’s 23.
However, Andonovski decided to add two players who did not go last summer’s World Cup to his roster in midfielder Andi Sullivan and forward Lynn Williams. Both have been standouts for their club teams, the Washington Spirit and the North Carolina Courage, respectively, and have previous national team involvement.
In total, four players that won the World Cup in France will not be part of Olympic qualifiers: defender Tierna Davidson, midfielders Morgan Brian and Allie Long, and forward Mallory Pugh. Davidson’s exclusion is injury related, as she picked up an ankle injury late last year that she continues to recover from.
All were part of a camp in Florida this month, where a group of 28 initially trained before Andonovski made his cuts. Additional cuts from the group of 28 are goalkeeper Jane Campbell, defenders Margaret Purce and Casey Short and forward Sophia Smith.
The Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament begins Jan. 28. The U.S. will face Haiti, Panama, and Costa Rica in group stage matches that will take place at Houston’s BBVA Stadium.
2020 USWNT Olympic Qualifying Roster
Goalkeepers (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
Defenders (6): Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride)
Midfielders (5): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)
Forwards (6): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)