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International Notebook: Captain Ali Riley Headed to Fifth Olympics


As the NWSL season pauses for the 2024 Olympics, six Angel City players—Claire Emslie, Kennedy Fuller, Ali Riley, Rocky Rodríguez, Alyssa Thompson, and Gisele Thompson—have been called into national team camps.

Notably, defender Ali Riley will join her New Zealand teammates in France to compete in her fifth Olympic games. The Football Ferns have been drawn into Group A, where they will compete against Canada, Colombia, and hosts France. The team's full group-stage schedule is listed below; all games will stream in the US on Peacock.

For Emslie, Scotland's 2025 Euro qualifying campaign continues. The team will face Slovakia on the road on July 12 and Serbia at home on July 16.

Fuller will join the USA U-17 National Team for two closed-door friendlies against Brazil, on July 12 and 15.

Rodríguez and Las Ticas will play one friendly against the USA as the latter team prepares for the Olympics. That game will be on July 16 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific in Washington, DC. It will be broadcast on TNT, TruTV, and Universo, and will stream on Max and Peacock.

Alyssa Thompson will train with the senior US team ahead of their trip to France, but was not named to the extra-small 18-player Olympic roster.

Gisele Thompson has been called into camp for the USA U-20 National Team, which will play two friendlies against Mexico. The games will be on July 13 and July 16, both at the University of Georgia. The matches will be open to the public.

New Zealand Olympics group-stage schedule

All games will stream on Peacock.

  • vs Canada July 25, 8:00 a.m. Pacific
  • vs Colombia July 28 8:00 a.m. Pacific
  • vs France July 31 12:00 p.m. Pacific