Jill Ellis: Rio Olympics a step on the road to next World Cup

U.S. coach Jill Ellis tells The Guardian that in evaluating young players for next summer’s Olympics, she’s also considering the future of her team  down the road.

U.S. Soccer Federation said Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, that Ellis had agreed to a multi-year extension. That leaves Ellis in charge as the Americans prepare for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Jill Ellis, New York City, 2015. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

“When you look at the Olympics next year, I think you can go one of two routes,” she says.

“You can look at it as a standalone event. Or you can look at as the next major event before the next World Cup. We want to do very well at the Olympics, but the other part of it is looking at players who could be there for the next World Cup.”

Since winning the World Cup with the oldest team in the tournament, Ellis has brought nine new players into camp, and all but one are under 24.



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