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Pittsburgh Native Soccer Star Meghan Klingenberg Is Ready For Rio

In 2012, Pine-Richland graduate Meghan Klingenberg served as an alternate for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer team. This year in Rio de Janeiro, Klingenberg will have the opportunity to be on the medal stand. “Being able to compete with them this time on the field and be in the locker room and be a part of the team is really special to me.” (WESA)

UNC will be well represented at the Olympics

When the 2016 Olympics kick off, UNC will be well represented with a mix of Olympic veterans and first timers. Some will earn a medal, and others unfortunately will not. Regardless, some of these events represent the pinnacle of their given sport, and they should all be commended. These athletes will proudly display the colors of their home countries. (Tar Heel Blog)

Crystal Dunn Poised To Become Next Star Of U.S. Women’s Soccer

When the Americans head to Rio de Janeiro in August to pursue a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal, the heartache that came with missing out on the World Cup can finally go away for Crystal Dunn. After a year in which she broke out as the top goal-scorer in the NWSL, Dunn has also emerged as one of the USWNT’s most important young players. (Huffington Post)

Who is Crystal Dunn?

2016 Olympian Crystal Dunn finished her UNC career by winning the Hermann Award, given annually to the top women’s and men’s college soccer players, in 2012. She led the Tar Heels to a national title that season and is the only player to win both ACC Offensive Player of the Year (2013) and ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2010). (Newsday)

Mia Hamm shares love of soccer at camp near Martinsville

Mia Hamm, once the face of U.S. women’s soccer, was back on a field Saturday to pass on her knowledge of the game. She and her former Women’s World Cup and Olympic teammates Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini Hoch brought their Team First Soccer Academy to the Smith River Sports Complex. (Roanoke Times)

Allie Long's journey to the Rio Olympics

If this wasn't enough motivation, then nothing would do. While living in Houston at her fiancé’s parents for five months during the National Women's Soccer League off-season, Allie Long was always reminded as to why she was there. "They would have a Brazilian flag in their garage," she said. "So every time I would leave or come in I would see it. Just be a reminder, just motivated me." (Big Apple Soccer)

UNC continues to stock the USWNT roster

Since the first Women's World Cup in 1991 every single WWC has had at least two former UNC players on the U.S. squad, totaling 43 out of a possible 143 spots. That averages out to six Tar Heels, or approximately 30% of any given roster, over seven Women's World Cups. That alone is impressive, but the trend carries over the Olympics too. (Tar Heel Blog)

2016 Olympians with NC ties

Across the world, thousands of athletes train endlessly in the hopes of representing their country in the Olympics. As the 2016 Games in Rio draw near, more than 50 athletes with ties to the Tar Heel State have punched their tickets to Brazil. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Olympian Crystal Dunn fondly recalls youth in Rockville Centre

In an emotional thank you to the coaches, family members and friends who made her berth possible, Crystal Dunn, who will be part of the U.S. women’s soccer team in this year’s Rio Olympics, paid homage to her hometown — the place she moved to when she was 2 years old and the place that, despite a nomadic existence as a professional athlete, she still calls home. (Newsday)

Allie Long Fought Hard to Get Back into U.S. Picture

When Jill Ellis named her roster for a pair of United States women’s national team friendlies this past April, many fans raised their eyebrows at the inclusion of 28-year-old midfielder Allie Long. After all, Ellis had failed to name Long to any of the first three rosters of 2016, including the January camp, Olympic qualifying in February, or the SheBelieves Cup in March. (American Soccer Now)

Heather O'Reilly pens gracious post after not making the USWNT Olympic roster

The U.S. women's soccer team announced its Olympic roster on Tuesday, and noticeably absent from the squad was three-time Olympian Heather O'Reilly. The 31-year-old midfielder did not make the 18-player team, but was named as one of four alternates who will travel to Rio. (ESPN.com)

Meghan Klingenberg’s role in the Olympics

Meghan Klingenberg proved she is capable of playing in big tournaments. She, as well as Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston, started every match in the FIFA Women’s World Cup last year. Klingenberg, even with her 5’2 stature, had the game-saving clearance against Sweden which helped put the USWNT on top of their group and make it to the knockout stages. (Pittsburgh Sporting News)

Crystal Dunn, Allie Long make U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team

Crystal Dunn and Allie Long have something in common. Both have had to overcome disappointments to realize their Olympic dreams. Dunn, a Rockville Centre native, was among the final cuts from the United States Women’s World Cup championship team last year. Long, who hails from East Northport, couldn’t stick with the team, and at 28, her soccer biological clock was ticking away. (Newsday)

Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris left off Olympic roster, named alternate

U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis said choosing a backup goalkeeper for the Rio Olympics was like splitting hairs. Ellis ultimately chose Chicago Red Stars keeper Alyssa Naeher to backup starter Hope Solo instead of the Orlando Pride's Ashlyn Harris. (Orlando Sentinel)

Tar Heels Land Five On Full Women's Olympic Soccer Team Roster

Full team members are defenders Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg, midfielders Allie Long and Tobin Heath and forward Crystal Dunn. Alternates, who will travel to Rio de Janeiro and practice with the team as well as particpate in opening and closing ceremonies, are midfielder Heather O'Reilly and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. (GoHeels.com)

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