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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Former Chelsea boss, Emma Hayes is set to lead the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) at this summer Olympics and released her final 18-player roster on Wednesday.

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The roster comprises the goalkeepers from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL); North Carolina Courage’s Casey Murphy and Chicago Red Stars’ Alyssa Naeher.

Five out of the six defenders invited for the women’s football event of the Olympics are also from the NWSL save for Arsenal FC’s Emily Fox.

Three foreign-based midfielders made up the squad including Korbin Albert (PSG), Lindsey Horan (Lyon), and Hayes player at Chelsea FC, Catarina Macario.

Five forwards in the team heading to Paris are from the NWSL in the American league-dominated roster.

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USWNT Roster for Paris 2024 Olympics

GOALKEEPERS (2): Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 19), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 104)

DEFENDERS (6): Tierna Davidson (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 58/3), Emily Fox (Arsenal FC, ENG; 49/1), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC; 32/0), Casey Krueger (Washington Spirit; 49/0), Jenna Nighswonger (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 9/2), Emily Sonnett (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 91/2)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Korbin Albert (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA; 11/0), Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC; 17/1), Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 148/35), Rose Lavelle (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 100/24), Catarina Macario (Chelsea FC, ENG; 19/8)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 147/25), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit; 38/7), Jaedyn Shaw (San Diego Wave FC; 14/7), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC: 48/19), Mallory Swanson (Chicago Red Stars; 92/34)

Meanwhile…

Four players were on standby barring injuries to the invited players.

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They are:
Alternates: Goalkeeper Jane Campbell, midfielder Hal Hershfelt, midfielder Croix Bethune, and forward Lynn Williams.

USWNT will face Germany, Zambia, and Australia in Group B of the women's football event of the Olympics.

This will be the first tournament for Hayes as head coach of the team.

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