Jan 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. women’s national soccer team revealed its 20-strong Olympic qualifying tournament roster on Friday, as the four-time World Cup winners aim to reach their seventh consecutive Olympic Games.
Team co-captain Carli Lloyd will feature in her fourth consecutive Olympic qualifying tournament, alongside national team mainstays Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Becky Sauerbrunn.
Absent from the list is Alex Morgan, who is pregnant. The striker, who scored six goals in last year’s World Cup, has previously said she hopes to play at the Tokyo Olympics even though the Games will take place just three months after she is due to give birth to her first child in April.
“We have a balanced roster with versatile players and of course they have a lot of experience in important games,” said head coach Vlatko Andonovski.
“This is a team that understands that you have to be aggressive and unpredictable in how you create scoring chances but also knows how to be smart on defense at the same time.”
The team will play its first match in the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament against Haiti on Jan. 28. (Reporting By Amy Tennery; Editing by Pravin Char)