The UNC women's soccer program will be highly represented at the Olympics in Rio next month with seven former Tar Heels making the roster for Team USA. Five Tar Heels made the regular roster with two others traveling with the team to serve as alternates.
Crystal Dunn, Whitney Engen, Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg, and Allie Long were named to the full squad by coach Jill Ellis. Ashlyn Harris and Heather O'Reilly were named alternates. O'Reilly and Heath were on previous Olympic squads for Team USA while Klingenberg served as an alternate during the London Olympics. All the others are making their first trip.
Carolina has had 30 players selected for Team USA women's soccer since 1996. They lead all universities for the upcoming Olympics, unsurprisingly, with UVA having two players named to the full roster and one alternate.No other university has more than one.
Team USA will kick off their Olympics on August 3 against New Zealand at 6 pm EDT in Belo Horizonte. They'll be back in action against France on August 6 before closing out Group G play with a match against Colombia on August 9.
The United States women have made it to the gold medal game in every Olympics the sport has been in. They'll be going for their fourth straight gold medal in Rio after taking gold in Athens, Beijing, and London. They took home gold in Atlanta and silver in Sydney in 1996 and 2000, respectively.
Best of luck, ladies!