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Megan Rapinoe named to USWNT Olympic Qualifying Tournament roster

Allie Long misses the cut on a smaller roster.

USA v Korea Republic: USWNT Victory Tour Friendly Photo by Andy Mead/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Reign FC’s Megan Rapinoe was named to the 20-player USWNT roster for the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which takes place at the end of this month in Texas and California. This will be Rapinoe’s third Olympic qualifying tournament.

The United States will face Costa Rica, Panama and Haiti in the group stage in Houston, with the top two teams from each group advancing to a four-team knockout round in Carson, California. Two representatives from Concacaf will advance to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Reign midfielder Allie Long, who was a participant in the 28-player camp leading up to this tournament, was omitted from the final roster by USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski. Olympic rosters are three players smaller than World Cup rosters, so Long’s omission is not particularly surprising. Five players from the USWNT’s World Cup-winning squad were left off this roster – defender Tierna Davidson, midfielders Allie Long and Morgan Brian, and forwards Alex Morgan and Mallory Pugh. New to this roster are midfielder Andi Sullivan and forward Lynn Williams.

The full roster is as follows (club, caps/goals):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 3), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 24), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 57)

DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 53/0), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage; 96/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 104/1), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 125/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 171/0), Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride; 40/0)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 95/19), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 78/12), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 38/10), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 60/14), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 15/0)

FORWARDS (6): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 162/32), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 288/121), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 14/2), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 130/51), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 160/50), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 21/6)

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