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Rapinoe, Lavelle, Quinn among Reign players heading to Tokyo

Megan Rapinoe has been called up by the USWNT, while Quinn will join Canada in Tokyo for the Summer Olympics.

2021 SheBelieves Cup - United States v Canada Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

A batch of OL Reign players will be heading to Tokyo for the Summer Olympics. On Wednesday morning, Megan Rapinoe was named as one of five forwards on the U.S. women’s national team roster, while Rose Lavelle occupies one of the midfield spots. Meanwhile, Quinn will join the Canadians in Tokyo, and late last week Nicole Momiki was named to Japan’s final roster.

The United States is looking to make history as the first team to win a World Cup title and Olympic gold in back-to-back competitions. Meanwhile, Canada — who finished in third place in Rio in 2016 — are looking to upgrade their medal status. Japan, as the host nation, has high expectations for a strong performance from a team that underwent a tough multi-year rebuilding process.

“It’s been a long process to get to this point, longer than anyone thought it would be, but we collected a lot of information on the players over the past year and 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,” USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski said.

While those four players are heading to Tokyo, Angelina of Brazil will be remaining in Tacoma. The 21-year-old midfielder was not named to the Brazilian roster. Alana Cook was similarly omitted from the USWNT’s list of alternates, meaning she will continue patrolling the back line at Cheney Stadium through the summer. New Zealand still has not announced its roster, so Rosie White’s status for the Olympics is unknown.

Rapinoe has made five appearances, scoring one goal, for the Reign in 2021. Lavelle joined the team after a stint with Manchester City, and has only made one appearance for OL Reign. Quinn has made five appearances, totaling 374 minutes, while Momiki has three appearances for 27 minutes, all in the Challenge Cup.

According to the Reign, this Saturday’s match at Cheney Stadium will serve as a farewell game for Rapinoe and Lavelle. OL Reign will take on Gotham FC this weekend at 1 PM PT on Paramount+.

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