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The first-ever American Olympic team has been awarded its gold medals and silver medals and will go to Rio de Janeiro.
On Wednesday night in Chicago, the U.S. Olympic committee announced the 12-person roster for the 2017 Rio 2016 Olympics.
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Friday that the squad, which will represent the nation at the Summer Games in Brazil next summer, is “the best yet,” but did not specify when the squad would be ready to compete after it is assembled.
“This is a very strong team, the biggest it’s been in an Olympics,” Gulati said. “It includes eight players who are going to Rio with our national team. We’re pretty comfortable with what we have and they’ll all compete right away. It’s a really smart choice by everyone involved.”
Among the new faces that have been added to the team is forward Jermaine Jones, who made his international debut this summer when he made his Olympic debut with the U.S. Men’s National Team.
The roster includes two Americans and one from Canada. U.S. Soccer has not announced any other changes to the team, but its inclusion of two Canadians – goalkeeper Hope Solo of the U.S. and forward Carli Lloyd of the Canadian Women’s National Team – adds to the nation’s Canadian contingent.
U.S. Soccer announced last month that five of the 12 members of the 2016 roster were born in the U.S., including Jones.
This marks the first time the U.S. has been selected as an Olympic medalists from Latin America since the event was first held in 1964. The team, which also will be represented by several soccer players from the Caribbean, will face Brazil on June 3 in the men’s 100-meter-dash at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Other new additions to the U.S. roster include defenders Heather O’Reilly and Meghan Klingenberg, who were born in San Angelo, Texas; midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn, born in West Point, New York; and goalkeeping goalkeeper Hope Solo, Jr., who turned 11 on Thursday and was born in the Dominican Republic.
“We want to send a message to everyone around the world that America isn’t going anywhere,” head coach, Becky Hammon said. “That belief will drive our whole group at all levels of our group.
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