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After a World Cup flop, USWNT prepares to say goodbye and begin anew

Five weeks since its World Cup washout, the U.S. women’s national soccer team Tuesday began pivoting toward the 2024 Olympics by unveiling a 27-player roster for the first tests of the fall.

With all but two of the 23 World Cup players summoned for two friendlies against South Africa, the squad looks much the same as it did in New Zealand and Australia. (Sophia Smith and Kristie Mewis are injured.)

But four players who missed the World Cup roster cut will return: forward Ashley Hatch, midfielder Sam Coffey, and defenders Tierna Davidson and Casey Krueger.