Lynn Williams has big goals for the U.S. women’s national team in 2024.
One of those goals is to win Olympic gold. And she believes the USWNT can live up to those lofty expectations at the Summer Games, even coming off a historic Round of 16 exit at the 2023 World Cup.
“We were too talented to end up with the result that we ended up with,” she said of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
Every time the USWNT has failed to win a World Cup title, the team has gone on to win the following Olympic tournament.
“That’s what I want to do,” Williams said on Julie Foudy’s “Laughter Permitted” podcast. “I want to be there and I want to have a gold medal around my neck. That’s what I want.”
The September training camp had a positive energy, Williams said, even without a permanent head coach in place. Vlatko Andonovski resigned after the World Cup, leaving Twila Kilgore to lead the team in the interim. While U.S. Soccer is aiming to have a new coach in place by December, that will leave limited time to prepare for the Paris Olympics, which start next July.
“We’re in a very unique position. We have no coach, the Olympics is a very quick turnaround right now and every camp matters,” she said.
With players scattered across so many club teams, it is imperative that the USWNT is building chemistry with every camp, she added. And she wants to see a permanent head coach — “the sooner the better.”
“I want this team to turn around. I think that you look at the 2016 Olympics to the 2019 World Cup, that’s what I want to see happen,” she said. “I know that was more time in between but, you know, the World Cup didn’t go how we wanted to. But I think we have enough talent and the right players to get the job done at the Olympics.”