Mewis, Dahlkemper Selected to U.S. Olympic Team
UCLA alumnae and 2019 World Cup champions Sam Mewis and Abby Dahlkemper have been selected to the U.S. Olympic team.
The Bruin duo have been teammates since even before their UCLA days, playing together on the U.S. Under-17 National Team before enrolling at UCLA in 2011. As juniors, they led UCLA to the 2013 NCAA Championship and to two Pac-12 team titles. Following their graduation in 2014, they were club teammates at the Western New York Flash, North Carolina Courage, winning three NWSL Championships. They also played together this past season at Manchester City in the FA Women's Super League.
Mewis, who was an alternate for the 2016 Olympic squad, makes the full team five years later. She has been a force for the U.S. squad, starting every game in 2017, playing in six of seven matches for the U.S. during its 2019 World Cup title run, and winning the 2020 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year award. She has totaled 75 caps for the USWNT, with 22 goals and eight assists. Mewis, who ranks No. 1 on ESPN's 2021 list of the best women's soccer players in the world, flourished in the WSL, playing in 17 matches and recording seven goals and two assists. She helped ManCity win the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory over Everton on Nov. 1, 2020, becoming the third American, and second American woman, to score in an FA Cup Final. As a Bruin, Mewis won the 2014 Honda Award and was also named the espnW National Player of the Year, as well as the Pac-12 Player of the Year, after leading the conference in scoring with 16 goals, 13 assists and 45 points. She finished her UCLA career with 28 goals, 29 assists and 85 points.
Dahlkemper was UCLA's first-ever Honda Award winner, the 2013 Honda Award and became just the second UCLA women's soccer player ever to earn All-America honors all four years at UCLA. During her senior season in 2014, she was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and led a UCLA defense that recorded a school record-tying 19 shutouts and team goals against average of 0.245. Selected as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 NWSL draft, she quickly made her mark in the league as the youngest player ever to be voted the NWSL Defender of the Year at age 24 in 2017. She was named to the NWSL Best XI from 2017-19. A member of the USWNT team since 2016, Dahlkemper has totaled 69 caps and three assists, and she was one of just two U.S. players to play in every minute of the team's games at the 2019 World Cup.
The U.S. will open Group G Olympic play on July 21 – two days before the Olympic Opening Ceremony– against Sweden (5:30pm local / 1:30am PT) at Tokyo Stadium. The Americans will then face New Zealand on July 24 (8:30pm local / 4:30am PT) and Australia on July 27 (5pm local / 1am PT).
2020 U.S. Olympic Women's Soccer Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City/ENG), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O'Hara (Washington Spirit), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Sam Mewis (North Carolina Courage)
FORWARDS (5): Tobin Heath (Unattached), Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Unattached), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)