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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Ahead of this year’s Summer Olympics in Paris, France, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) will be hoping to win their fifth gold medal at the women’s football event.

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The record World champions had a disappointing showing at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a quarter-final finish, their worst at the tournament.

This led to the dismissal of coach Vlatko Andonovski after the Mundial.

Twila Kilgore took charge on an interim basis and led the team to consecutive triumphs at the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup and Shebelieves Cup.

Youngsters like Jaedyn Shaw, Korbin Albert, and Trinity Rodman are leading the crop of new faces in the team alongside experienced stars like Alex Morgan.

Former Chelsea coach, Emma Hayes was appointed on November 14 but didn’t join the team till after the 2023/2024 season as she led the Blues to their fifth straight league title.

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She got off to a winning start with the USWNT after back-to-back wins over the Korean Republic in June.

"I'm just building on what we've already introduced to the players and it doesn't matter whether [they] play in Europe or the US – it's irrelevant," said Hayes, following those fixtures.

"It's making sure that there's complete clarity coming from me to them on what their expectations are. I couldn't have asked for any more of anyone. And for that reason, I feel happy. Between now and the next camp, you've got to analyse everything. You've got to get it absolutely right leading into the Olympics."

The most decorated women's football team will face Zambia, Germany, and Australia in Group B at the Olympics.

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USWNT has played at every edition of the women's football event of the Olympics.

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They have won the gold medal four times in Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and 2012.

A disappointing quarter-final finish in Rio 2016 was followed by a bronze medal in Tokyo 2020.

The squad list is expected to be released in early July before the tournament later that month.

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