The U.S. women's national team announced its roster of 18 players for the Summer Olympics on Tuesday as it attempts to become the first women's team to win the Women's World Cup and an Olympic title in consecutive years.
The U.S. Olympic squad includes 10 of the 11 starters from its World Cup squad, although the roster is slightly younger than past American squads.
Among the players chosen was Megan Rapinoe, who made a quick recovery from a major knee injury. Also, midfielder Carli Lloyd, who won both the Golden Ball as the World Cup's outstanding player and FIFA Player of the Year in 2015, is on the roster. She scored goals in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics when the U.S. won gold medals.
The U.S. opens Olympic group play against New Zealand on Aug. 3.
Here is the U.S. Olympic team roster, grouped by position with the player's pro affiliation in parentheses:
Goalkeepers: Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC).
Defenders: Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City).
Midfielders: Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC).
Forwards: Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)
"The last few camps capped a nine-month evaluation process and the players certainly made it a real challenge to narrow the roster down to 18," said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. "We've got a great blend of players with experience at the Olympic Games and in major events along with the youthful energy of some players who did not play in the Women's World Cup last summer.
"As a coach in the Olympic Games, you want to put together a group capable of reaching the top of the podium while also being mindful of getting players prepared for the next World Cup, and I think we've done that."
Ellis also named four alternate replacement players that will travel to Brazil in midfielder Heather O'Reilly, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defender Emily Sonnett and midfielder Samantha Mewis.
The U.S. squad will play in Kansas City, Kan., July 22 against Costa Rica at Children's Mercy Park.