BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil -- A new era opens for the U. Chelsea NGolo Kante Jersey .S. womens soccer team at the Olympic Games when a generation of younger players seeks to continue the global domination established at last years World Cup.Bidding to add Olympic gold to World Cup success, the U.S. will have 11 Olympic newcomers on its roster when it opens against New Zealand on Wednesday at the Mineirao Stadium.It will be the teams first major competition since the retirement of players such as Abby Wambach and Lauren Holiday following lats years triumph in Canada.Of course we had some gigantic losses, some players that have been around the game for quite some time, and they are irreplaceable, really, veteran goalkeeper Hope Solo said. But we have something different and I dont think anybody has seen the U.S. team as we are right now. Nobody knows what to expect, with our younger players, with our new talent, with our formation. So I think its going to be exciting.Seeking a fourth straight Olympic gold, the Americans are also without Christine Rampone because of injury, while Sydney Leroux and Amy Rodriguez are pregnant. Two other key players, captain Carli Lloyd and midfielder Megan Rapinoe are coming to Brazil recovering from health problems. Rapinoe is not expected to play in the early games.Theres been a little bit of a change in the roster, but its good, Lloyd said. I think we have about 11 players who are competing in their first Olympics, which is a huge turnaround, but I also think that those players bring experience, theyve been around this team, theyve earned quite a few a caps with the team and are doing very well. So I think that, mixed in with us old folks, we will be all right.Among the Olympic newcomers are a few players who also made it to the World Cup last year, including Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, Morgan Brian and Whitney Engen. The youngest player in the current roster is 18-year-old Mallory Pugh. The U.S. is trying to become the first team to win the Olympics after succeeding at the World Cup.Lloyd, the teams captain in Rio, said the U.S. remains favored to win the title despite the revamped team.I think the toughest (opponents) are going to be ourselves, said Lloyd, who scored a hat trick in the World Cup final against Japan. No other team should intimidate our team. Of course, there are going to be tough contenders, but honestly, not a single team intimidates me.The U.S. is trying to win its fifth gold medal since womens soccer became an Olympic sport in 1996. It won its third World Cup title in Canada, the first since 1999.I think we are always feeling the pressure of coming back with gold. Its just in our DNA, Lloyd said. Even if we hadnt won the World Cup wed still be under tremendous pressure to win. It comes with being the No. 1 team in the world and going for a fourth consecutive gold medal. We are super excited to get started. I know this team has a lot of talent and depth and we have the opportunity to really create history.After playing New Zealand, the U.S. faces powerhouse France and then Colombia in Group G of the 12-team Olympic tournament. Second-ranked Germany, fifth-ranked Australia, sixth-ranked Sweden and host Brazil loom as potential quarterfinal opponents.We as a team acknowledge the pressure, Solo said. We know that the target is on our backs. We are ranked No. 1 for quite some time, we won last years World Cup, we won the last Olympics. It doesnt make it easy. We dont come into any tournament with an extreme amount of confidence or arrogance. We know that the job is going to be extremely difficult to repeat winning a gold medal.---Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/tales-azzoni Chelsea Jerseys Outlet . 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