Opinion: Picking USWNT's 18-player roster for Tokyo Olympics is the ultimate brain teaser


Vlatko Andonovski has a headache other coaches would give anything to have.

The U.S. women can take just 18 players to the Tokyo Olympics this summer, five fewer than they had at the World Cup. Add in the youngsters who’ve elbowed their way into the conversation and the players who’ve gotten a second chance with the new coaching staff, and there are at least 27 women who can make a legitimate case for one of those Olympic spots.

“There are so many things and boxes they need to check in order to be on the roster,” Andonovski said Wednesday night, after the U.S. women beat Argentina 6-0 to win the SheBelieves Cup. “It’s an ongoing process. As we go forward, I’m sure I’ll have more clear answers. But right now, I’m still evaluating everyone, and the list is still pretty big, I guess, compared to 18.”

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