Who is returning to play for the U.S. soccer teams in Paris?

The U.S. women's team revealed its 18-player Olympic roster on June 26. The team includes the return of key players and veterans such as Alyssa Naeher, Crystal Dunn, Rose Lavelle and captain Lindsey Horan. The full roster can be seen below.

Goalkeepers 

  • Alyssa Naeher 
  • Casey Murphy 

Defenders

  • Tierna Davidson
  • Emily Fox
  • Naomi Girma
  • Casey Krueger
  • Jenna Nighswonger
  • Emily Sonnett

Midfielders 

  • Korbin Albert
  • Sam Coffey
  • Lindsey Horan
  • Rose Lavelle

Forward

  • Crystal Dunn
  • Trinity Rodman
  • Jaedyn Shaw
  • Sophia Smith
  • Mallory Swanson
  • Lynn Williams

The U.S. men's team revealed its under-23 (U23) 18-player Olympic roster on July 8. The team is made of up young players competing in the top European leagues, such as Kevin Paredes, Paxten Aaronson and Taylor Booth. The three overage players called up to the roster are MLS veterans Walker Zimmerman, Miles Robinson and Djordje Mihailovic. The full roster can be seen below.

Goalkeepers 

  • Patrick Schulte 
  • Gaga Slonina

Defenders

  • Maximilian Dietz
  • Nathan Harriel 
  • Miles Robinson
  • John Tolkin 
  • Caleb Wiley 
  • Walker Zimmerman 

Midfielders 

  • Gianluca Busio 
  • Benjamin Cremaschi 
  • Djordje Mihailovic 
  • Jack McGlynn 
  • Tanner Tessmann

Forward

  • Paxten Aaronson 
  • Taylor Booth
  • Duncan McGuire 
  • Kevin Paredes
  • Griffin Yow

Who is not competing for the U.S. soccer teams in Paris?

Compared to its 2020 Olympic roster, 11 players will not return to the Games for the women’s team, further signaling the USWNT is continuing its generational shift. Former players Julie Ertz, Sam Mewis, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe have retired within the last three years, while Kelley O'Hara plans to retire from the sport after the 2024 NWSL Season. Players like Tobin Heath and Christen Press have been sidelined for nearly two years due to injuries and were not in contention to make the 2024 Olympic team. Adrianna Franch, Abby Dahlkemper, Kristie Mewis and Becky Sauerbrunn — who captained the USWNT at the Tokyo Olympics — also did not get called up, but the most surprising exclusion was that of Alex Morgan. She ranks in the top 10 in USWNT history in goals (123), assists (53), appearances (223) and this summer would have been her fourth Olympic Games. 

Another comparison to the 2020 Olympic roster for the women's team is that the 2024 Olympic team has an average age of 26.8, whereas at the Tokyo Games, the average age was 30.8. The players going to the Paris Olympics will also be the youngest U.S. women's team since the 2008 Beijing Games. 

The USMNT last competed at the Games in 2008, and only three players from that roster are still actively playing: Brad Guzan, Dax McCarty and Jozy Altidore. None of those players were called up for the 2024 Games. 

A surprise exclusion from the men's 2024 Olympic roster is that of Diego Luna. The 20-year-old midfielder for Real Salt Lake currently has five goals and 12 assists during the 2024 MLS Season, but it was not enough to earn him a spot on the men's Olympic team. 

Who is playing in their first Olympic soccer matches in Paris?

More than half of the players for the women's team will be first-time Olympians at the Paris Games. Most, however, already have experience competing at international tournaments after participating in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. The full list of players who will make their Olympic debuts this summer is listed below. 

  • Emily Fox 
  • Naomi Girma
  • Jenna Nighswonger
  • Korbin Albert
  • Sam Coffey
  • Trinity Rodman
  • Jaedyn Shaw
  • Sophia Smith
  • Casey Murphy

For the men's team, every player called up will be playing their first Olympic Games (see the full roster above). 

Who are the alternate players for the U.S. soccer teams in Paris?

For the women's team, head coach Emma Hayes named four alternate players who will travel to France with the team: Jane Campbell, Hal Hershfelt, Croix Bethune and Emily Sams.

The alternates for head coach Marko Mitrovic's men's team are Josh Atencio, Jake Davis, Johan Gomez and John Pulskamp