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Alex Morgan, Becky Sauerbrunn among USWNT veterans left off roster

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Some big names were missing from the USWNT’s Gold Cup roster, notably forward Alex Morgan and defender Becky Sauerbrunn.

Other notable absences include Kelley O’Hara and Kristie Mewis.

Speaking to those absences on Wednesday, interim head coach Twila Kilgore said that their absence doesn’t mean they’re not in the running for the Olympic roster. The traditional Olympic roster is 18 players, which means that the team wants to be evaluating different players as they look to make their decision.

“Nobody is out of the mix,” Kilgore said, noting that they’re still “looking at” and “evaluating” players not on the roster in the lead-up to the Olympics.

“That goes for some of our bigger names, that goes for lesser names that we’ve been tracking. We want to get it right.”

Instead, the absences are more about the team only being allowed to take 23 players to the Gold Cup tournament.

“We just simply can’t include everybody and this is the group that we feel is the right group for right now and who we need to look at in this tournament,” she said.