Casey Krueger will have a chance to win an Olympic gold medal, after all.
She was previously listed as an alternate on the United States Women’s National Team Olympic squad, but today comes word the Chicago Red Stars defender will be a full member of the team, after a rule change.
The IOC announced participating countries now have the option of selecting 22 players for their full squads, but only 18 can suit up for each game. Before the rule change, the only way Krueger could have played was if a player had dropped off the USWNT roster, and she was added. Now, she can be added to the roster for any of the matches.
“I’m incredibly excited about the news,” Krueger said via a news release from the Red Stars. “With that said, my mindset doesn’t change. I’m grateful for this opportunity and no matter what role I’m asked to play, I’ll do anything and everything I can to help the team be successful.”
Krueger joins Red Stars teammates Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher, and Tierna Davidson on the USWNT Olympic squad.
USWNT Group Stage Schedule
Wednesday, July 21 vs. Sweden 3:30 a.m. CT
Saturday, July 24 vs. New Zealand 6:30 a.m. CT
Tuesday, July 27 vs. Australia 3:00 a.m. CT