Fresh off their 2015 World Cup championship, the United States women's national soccer team heads in to 2016 with another huge event looming, the Summer Olympics. The '15 World Cup will likely go down as a "last hurrah" for a number of star players who have plied their trade with the national team for many years; significant roster turnover is underway for the team, giving a number of new players a chance to step up. One of those players is Boston College alum Stephanie McCaffrey, who was named yesterday to the US's roster for Olympic qualifying.
McCaffrey, who plays professionally for the Boston Breakers, graduated from BC in 2015. She made her US debut in a friendly this past year, scoring her first career goal in the process:
McCaffrey and the rest of the US team will begin Olympic qualifying on February 10 against Costa Rica. Their remaining group stage matchups are February 13 vs. Mexico and February 15 vs. Puerto Rico. All games will be played at Toyota Stadium just outside of Dallas, Texas in Frisco. There will be two groups of four competing, with the two top teams in each group advancing to winner take all semifinals, with each winner advancing to the Olympics.
Congratulations to Stephanie on the accomplishment. Start the process of bringing home the Gold!