US Olympic Women’s Soccer Team 2016: Roster, Starting XI, Top Subs and Jerseys

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Published: August 1, 2016

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The United States women's national team begin their quest for a fourth successive Olympic gold medal on Wednesday, and New Zealand will be their first obstacle in Rio de Janeiro.

Head coach Jill Ellis announced the 18-woman squad that would be travelling to Brazil three weeks ago, when Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn were confirmed as co-captains, per the official USWNT Twitter account:



Here's a look at the squad in full:



The Stars and Stripes are hopeful of topping a Group G lineup that includes New Zealand, France and Colombia.

We've taken a look at some of the top headlines heading into the competition, as well as the players who could make Ellis' starting XI, the team's top substitutes and standout jersey picks.

       

New Leaders Emerging

Perhaps the greatest task for Ellis in crafting this new wave of American stars is discovering who among her team has the capacity to lead with as much efficacy as those in the previous generation.

In that sense, 11 of the 18 players in the squad are between the ages of 27 and 32, their prime playing years and the ideal age to step up to the plate, as Meghan Klingenberg is, as touched upon by ESPN's Paul Carr:



It isn't just those established stars vying for prominence, though, as 24-year-old Crystal Dunn told Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated she's making up for lost time after missing a place in the 2015 Women's World Cup:

I could have fallen off the face of the earth and sunk into a shell. It’s hard to love this sport when you feel like it’s crushed your soul and broken your heart into a million pieces. But you have to find the positive in every situation. It’s those disappointments that make you realize there are going to be some great moments ahead.

Dunn looks likely to have done enough to earn herself a...
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