The United States Women's National Team announced its roster for the 2016 Olympics and two West Coast Conference alumni are headed to Rio. Julie Johnston (Santa Clara) and Megan Rapinoe (Portland) starred for the United States as it rolled to the 2015 Women’s World Cup title and will look to add Olympic Gold this summer.
Rapinoe will make her second Olympic appearance less than seven months removed from an ACL tear during the Women’s World Cup Victory Tour in Chicago. The former Portland Pilot All-American owns 113 caps as of the team announcement and has tallied a pair of goals during Olympic competition. During her decorated international career, Rapinoe owns 31 goals and 40 assists.
Johnston will make her Olympic debut one season removed from appearing in her inaugural Women’s World Cup and just three years removed from her All-American career at Santa Clara. Johnston has tallied eight goals in international competition for the senior national team.
Johnston captured WCC Player of the Year honors in 2013, while Rapinoe was the WCC Player of the Year in 2008.