07/12/2016 9:58 AM
SAMANTHA MEWIS NAMED AN ALTERNATE FOR OLYMPIC GAMES
Flash Midfielder will Travel with the United States National Team to Rio
Rochester, NY (July 12, 2016) - U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis has named the 18-player roster for the 2016 Olympic Games, and Western New York Flash midfielder Samantha Mewis was named an alternate to the roster.
Seven players make a return to the Olympics after helping the USA to the gold medal in 2012 in London while 14 players who were members of the USA’s 2015 Women’s World Cup championship team were named.
Ellis will bring the Olympic team plus the four alternates to Kansas City, Kansas, for a final Olympic Send-Off Match on July 22 against Costa Rica at Children’s Mercy Park (8 p.m. CT on ESPN). Tickets for the match are on sale at ussoccer.com.
“We’ve got excellent balance in the squad, and with some injuries lately to some major players, it has allowed us to get experience for a few newer players which helped them in their cases to make the team,” said Ellis. “Now the task is getting our team 100% healthy and finalizing our preparations during the next camp.”
The U.S. will open Group G play on Aug. 3 - two days before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies - against New Zealand (7 p.m. local / 6 p.m. ET) at Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte. The USA will stay in Belo Horizonte - which is 270 miles north of Rio de Janeiro - to face France at Mineirão Stadium on Aug. 6 (5 p.m. local / 4 p.m. ET) and finish group play against Colombia on Aug. 9 (6 p.m. local / 6 p.m. ET) at the Amazônia Stadium in Manaus, the same arena in which the U.S. Men’s National Team tied Portugal 2-2 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the furthest soccer venue from Rio (more than 1,700 miles).
The Flash will continue their season on the road this weekend as they take on Seattle Reign FC on Saturday, July 16 at 10:00 PM EST. A live stream of the match will be available at youtube.com/NWSL.
The Flash will return home to Rochester Rhinos Stadium on July 23rd when they host FC Kansas City at 7:00 P.M. Tickets for the match are available at wnyflash.com/tickets.
2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (6): 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 (6): 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 (4): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)
Alternates: Midfielder Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), defender Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC) and midfielder Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash).