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Rising anticipation for USWNT, increasing uncertainty around Olympics

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United States women’s national team fans have plenty to be excited about right now. Whether or not there will be a world championship for the Americans to show off what they’ve been working on is increasingly uncertain.

A report on Thursday from The Times in London stated that the Tokyo Olympic Games, already postponed a year to summer 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were “doomed” and that organizers were looking for a “face-saving way of announcing the cancellation.” IOC and local organizers disputed that report, but it only cast further doubt on the idea that thousand of athletes and delegates from around the globe could safely congregate and compete only six months from now.

It was amid that uncertain backdrop that the U.S. women carried on with their Olympic preparations this week, defeating Colombia 4-0 on Monday and 6-0 on Friday. It was a week in which Catarina Macario made her debut and then scored in her first start, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd returned from 10-month layoffs, and several players received significant playing time in the ongoing battle to make the 18-player Olympic roster — assuming the Olympics happen.

“For us, we just are focused on every day,” Rapinoe said on Friday. “Eventually, someone will tell us if the Olympics are happening, if they’re not happening.”

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