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Georgia natives Kelley O’Hara and Morgan Brian selected to play in 2016 Olympics

Kelley O’Hara and Morgan Brian will be representing the United States in the Olympics next month. The two Georgia-born players were named a part of the Olympic squad on Tuesday afternoon.

O’Hara has earned a spot on the squad after becoming a consistent name in the USWNT and will be one of the more experienced players on the team with 80 national team appearances. The Rio Olympics will be the Fayetteville native’s second Olympic squad inclusion after she played every minute for the United States during 2012 in London.

Brian, on the other hand, is receiving her first Olympic call-up and will be one of the younger members of the squad at age 23. The midfielder from St. Simons does not lack experience, however, having already made 53 appearances for the national team. Brian currently plays for the Houston Dash in her second professional season.

Emily Sonnett, the Portland Thorns defender from Marietta, was named as an alternate in case any gets injured. At 22 years old, she has nine appearances with the USWNT.

The United States will be in Group G along with Colombia, France, and New Zealand. Their first match will be against New Zealand on August 3rd at 6:00 PM EST. The women’s team will be looking to win their third major tournament in a row after winning the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 World Cup. Dirty South Soccer will be covering the US Women’s Soccer Team throughout the entire Olympic Games.