- Lynn Williams was left off of the 18-person USWNT roster set to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.
- She responded to Wednesday’s snub by scoring an absolute golazo for her NWSL club.
- Six minutes later, she scored another beauty to secure a brace and give her team the 2-0 win.
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Lynn Williams isn’t letting her US Women’s National Team snub hold her back.
The star striker – who has spent much of the past year playing for the USWNT – was not named to head coach Vlatko Andonovski’s 18-person squad for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, fans learned Wednesday.
But even with the disappointment of missing the national team roster fresh in her mind, Williams still managed to dazzle in her National Women’s Soccer League game mere hours after the news broke. The 28-year-old recorded a brace to lift her North Carolina Courage over Racing Louisville on the road at Lynn Family Stadium Wednesday night.
Williams netted an absolute stunner to kick off the scoring in the 27th minute. She launched a rocket across the goal and into the upper 90 after cutting the ball at the top of the 16.46m box.
Just six minutes later, she found the back of the net once again. After the Courage earned a corner kick, defender Carson Pickett delivered a cross to the back post, where Williams rose over the home team’s back line to head the ball in.
-National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) June 24, 2021
Williams was named the player of the match for her two-goal performance, and it’s safe to say she hasn’t missed a step with her club team.
Though she wasn’t one of the 18 players named to the active USWNT roster, Williams will still head to Tokyo with the team as one of Andonovski’s four alternates. Williams will be eligible to fill their vacant position if someone suffers an injury and needs a replacement.
The USWNT embarks on its journey to becoming the first team to earn gold directly after winning the World Cup with a grudge match against Sweden on July 21. The US will round out the group stage with games against New Zealand on July 24 and Australia on July 27.