Former Penn State Women's Soccer Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Named to U.S. Women’s Olympic Team

By Vincent Lungaro on June 28, 2021 at 8:00 am
Naeher heading back to the Olympics

Another Nittany Lion is Tokyo bound. 

Penn State women's soccer alum Alyssa Naeher was included in the U.S. Women's National Team Olympic squad for the 2020 Olympics next month. 

Naeher has been a consistent performer in goal for the USWNT and for her club side Chicago Red Stars for several years now. 

Naeher represented her country five years ago during the 2016 Rio Olympics and at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, where she started every match during the team's championship run. It was the first time in over two decades that neither Hope Solo nor Brianna Scurry were in goal for the United States at a World Cup

Her terrific penalty save in the semifinal match against England was one of the biggest highlights of the tournament and helped secure the team's berth in the final. 

Naeher earned All-America honors at Penn State three times with first-team selections in 2007 and 2008. She was also selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year after the 2007 and 2009 seasons.

Fellow former Nittany Lion shot-stopper Erin McLeod was named an alternate for Canada's  Olympic team. 

A MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist at Penn State and two-time All-American for the Nittany Lions, McLeod's name sits atop the program's all-time winning percentage list at 92.1 with a 39-2-3 record. McLeod also holds the program's best career goals-against average at 0.64.