Skip to main content

Tony Azevedo leads U.S. Olympic men’s water polo roster to 2016 Rio Games

Team USA men's water polo
TurboUSA/ Twitter

Tony Azevedo leads U.S. Olympic men’s water polo roster to 2016 Rio Games

Team captain Tony Azevedo headlines the 2016 Rio Olympic roster for the U.S. water polo team.

Team captain Tony Azevedo headlines the 2016 Rio Olympic roster for the U.S. water polo team, announced on Thursday on the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego, California.

The team, who won Pan American Games gold last summer, is hoping to better their eighth-place finish from the 2012 London Olympics.

The last time the team made the podium was at the 2008 Olympics, where they won silver medals.

Four returning Olympians on 2016 U.S. women’s water polo roster

The U.S. women’s water polo roster for the 2016 Rio Games includes four 2012 Olympic gold medalists.

Read More +

In their most recent competition, the men’s team earned more silver medals at the FINA World League Super Final in China. At last summer’s world championships, the team finished seventh.

Merrill Moses puts aside coaching to play for U.S. in Rio Olympics

"When you go to the Olympic Games and represent Team USA, you're going there to bring home a gold medal," said Merrill Moses.

Read More +

 
"We’re gonna be one of the best teams in the world and I’m proud to play with these guys,” Azevedo said, adding that they’re the only team in the world to train together for eight months straight. Azevedo was born in Rio and will be competing in his fifth Olympics, a U.S. record.
 
Joining Azevedo on the 2016 squad are returning Olympians Jesse Smith (2004, 2008 and 2012), Merrill Moses (2008 and 2012) and John Mann (2012).

U.S. water polo captain Tony Azevedo preps for record fifth Olympics

Setting a U.S. record, water polo team captain Tony Azevedo will compete at his fifth Olympic Games in Rio, also his birthplace.

Read More +

The entire nominating ceremony was broadcast on Facebook live:

2016 U.S. Olympic men's water polo roster:

Merrill Moses

Thomas Dunstan

Ben Hallock

Alex Obert

Alex Roelse

Luca Cupido

Josh Samuels

Alex Bowen

Bret Bonanni

Jesse Smith

John Mann

McQuin Baron

Tony Azevedo

More from {{firstLevel.more_from}}

{{firstLevel.data.roofline_text}}

{{firstLevel.data.title}}

{{firstLevel.data.short_desc}}

See More Coverage

More from {{secondLevel.more_from}}

More from Olympics

+