Former college players at the Olympics

Former college players at the Olympics
by Travis Clark
July 19, 2021

This week marks the start of both the Olympics and – two days before the Opening Ceremonies – the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments that are part of the competition.

As covered earlier this year, the U.S. men’s national team didn’t make it, while as usual, the U.S. women are one of, if not the favorite to bring the Gold Medal back from Japan.

In past Olympics, current college players have competed in the Games. This year is no different, as a five women’s DI players are rostered for the tournament. Julia Grosso (Texas), Gabrielle Carle (Florida State) and Jayde Riviere (Michigan) will play for Canada, while Daisy Cleverley is set to play for New Zealand before playing for Georgetown again in the fall. Gabi Rennie (Indiana) also made the New Zealand roster.

There is obviously a much longer list of former college players from men’s and women’s DI programs that are set to compete in Japan. Check out the list below (current players are noted with an asterisk).



Juan Carlos Obregon, Jr. – Siena College

New Zealand

Michael Boxall – UC Santa Barbara

Joe Bell – Virginia



Kadeisha Buchanan – West Virginia

Stephanie Labbe – Connecticut

Shelina Zadorsky – Michigan

Allysha Chapman – LSU

Quinn – Duke

Deanne RoseFlorida

Julia GrossoTexas*

Jayde RiviereMichigan*

Adriana Leon – Florida

Ashley Lawrence – West Virginia

Christine Sinclair – Portland

Evelyne Viens – South Florida

Vanessa GillesCincinnati

Nichelle Prince – Ohio State

Janine Beckie – Texas Tech

Jessie Fleming – UCLA

Kailen Sheridan – Clemson

Sophie Schmidt – Portland

Gabrielle Carle – Florida State*

Erin McLeod – Penn State


Christiane Endler – South Florida

Fernanda Ramírez – Central Methodist

María Francisca Mardones – Laramie County Community College

Great Britain

Lucy Bronze – North Carolina

Demi Stokes – South Florida

Rachel Daly – St. John's

Lotte Wubben-Moy – North Carolina

Sandy MacIver – Clemson


Aline Reis – UCF

The Netherlands

Merel van Dongen – Alabama

Loes Geurts – Western Illionis(w)


Teagan Micah – UCLA

Aivi Luik – Nevada

New Zealand

Hannah Wilkinson – Tennessee

Anna Leat – Georgetown

Daisy CleverleyGeorgetown*

Katie Bowen – North Carolina

Betsey Hassett – California

Olivia Chance – South Florida

Ali Riley – Stanford

Erin Nayler – Purdue Fort Wayne

Victoria Esson – Texas Tech

Gabi Rennie – Indiana


Julia Roddar – FGCU

United States

Alyssa Naeher – Penn State

Crystal Dunn – North Carolina

Sam Mewis – UCLA

Becky Sauerbrunn – Virginia

Kelley O’Hara – Stanford

Kristie Mewis – Florida

Tobin Heath – North Carolina

Julie Ertz – Santa Clara

Carli Lloyd – Rutgers

Christen Press – Stanford

Tierna Davidson – Stanford

Alex Morgan – California

Emily Sonnett – Virginia

Megan Rapinoe – Portland

Rose Lavelle – Wisconsin

Abby Dahlkemper – UCLA

Adrianna Franch – Oklahoma State

Catarina Macario – Stanford

Casey Krueger – Florida State

Lynn Williams – Pepperdine

Jane Campbell – Stanford

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