The18’s 18-player USWNT Olympic roster prediction — April edition

The United States women’s national team will go on a month-and-a-half hiatus following a spring that saw them lift the inaugural Concacaf W Gold Cup and their seventh SheBelieves Cup. We’d say we’ve seen enough for a USWNT Olympic roster prediction.

Incoming USWNT head coach Emma Hayes will need to narrow the roster to 18 names for the Paris Olympics. She’ll have watched both tournaments and have a solid idea of who deserves to go.

USWNT and Gotham FC star Midge Purce out for season with ACL injury

Gotham FC and United States women’s national team forward Midge Purce is out for the season and unavailable for this summer’s Olympics after suffering an ACL injury.

Purce was substituted in the first half of her side’s 1-0 victory against the Portland Thorns on Sunday after picking up an injury.

The 28-year-old confirmed on social media that she had sustained an ACL injury and will be out for an extended period.

Midge Purce ACL injury

USMNT U23’s to face Thierry Henry’s France in opening game of Olympics

PARIS — Hosts France will play the United States to kick off the men's soccer tournament at the Paris 2024 Olympics after the two teams were drawn together on Wednesday.

The game will be played in Marseille on July 24, two days before the opening ceremony in Paris. New Zealand and the winner of a playoff between an Asian team and Guinea complete Group A.

USMNT Olympics group

USWNT draw Germany and Australia for Olympic group — here’s what it means and our prediction

The United States women’s national team’s 2024 revenge tour will begin in Nice and Marseille for this summer’s 2024 Olympics. The USWNT Olympic group will feature the winner of Morocco/Zambia along with powerhouses Germany and Australia.

After claiming bronze in 2020 and not making the podium in 2016, the USWNT will be seeking their first gold medal in 12 years.

USWNT Olympic group 2024

Catarina Macario bags first Chelsea assist as she eyes USWNT return and Olympic roster spot

Chelsea and United States women’s national team forward Catarina Macario returned from an ACL injury this month and has already bagged two goals and an assist for her club.

Macario, who had been out injured since summer 2022, made her long-awaited Chelsea debut on March 3 in the FA Women’s Super League, scoring a late goal. She then found the back of the net again with the winner vs. Everton on March 10.

On Tuesday she provided her first assist for her new club as Chelsea defeated Ajax 3-0 in the Women’s Champions League.

Emma Hayes to make USWNT head coaching debut vs. South Korea in Colorado this June

United States women’s national team fans now have an official date and answer to the question of when will Emma Hayes start coaching. 

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday the USWNT will host South Korea in June for a pair of friendlies ahead of the 2024 Olympics. The first game will be on June 1 in Commerce City, Colorado, and the next game will be on June 4 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

When will Emma Hayes start coaching USWNT

Netherlands fail to qualify for Olympics as Germany grab final European spot

Germany qualified for this year's Paris Olympics after a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in Heerenveen on Wednesday in the third-place playoff of the women's Nations League.

Klara Buhl's half-volley from close range in the 66th minute and Lea Schueller's header in the 78th sealed the win for Germany, Olympic gold medallists in 2016, who will return to compete at the Games after missing Tokyo 2020.

Germany goal vs. Netherlands

Lionel Messi has open invite to play in Olympics says coach and former teammate Mascherano

The door is open for Lionel Messi to play at this year's Paris Olympics, Argentina's under-23 manager Javier Mascherano said.

Argentina secured their place at the Games after beating Brazil 1-0 on Sunday in the final four of South America's qualifying tournament.

2023 World Cup finalists England FAIL to qualify for next summer’s Paris Olympics

GLASGOW — England's Lionesses thrashed Scotland 6-0 on Tuesday but it was not enough to keep alive Team Great Britain's dreams of a Paris Olympic berth after late drama saw the Netherlands pip them to top spot in their Nations League group.

Lucy Bronze scored a last-gasp goal for the Lionesses, who briefly celebrated, believing it was enough to win Group A1 and move into the Nations League semi-finals, but the Netherlands' Damaris Egurrola netted twice in added time as they beat Belgium 4-0 to clinch top spot.

Rejoice USWNT fans — Sweden have failed to qualify for 2024 Paris Olympics

It’s no secret that Sweden have been the biggest thorn in the side of the United States women’s national team in recent history. The Swedes knocked the USWNT out of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, the 2016 Olympics and thrashed the Americans 3-0 in the group stage of the 2020 Olympics.

Sweden are the USWNT’s kryptonite. They won’t be able to hurt the USWNT in Paris next summer though because they failed to qualify due to a 1-0 loss to Switzerland on Friday.

Sweden fail to qualify for Olympics