The U.S. women’s water polo team will play for the first time in 453 days Monday, facing Canada in Commerce to begin a three-game series.
The U.S. roster for the 6 p.m. game at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center includes eight members of the 2016 Olympic gold medal-winning team — attackers Rachel Fattal, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Maddie Musselman and Maggie Steffens; defenders Makenzie Fischer and Melissa Seidemann; goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson; and center Aria Fischer.
The Fischers are sisters.
The U.S. won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and finished first at the each of the last three FINA World Championships, which are held every other year.
The U.S. and Canada have both qualified for the Tokyo Olympics — the U.S. by being the 2019 FINA World League champion and Canada as the 2019 Pan American Games silver medalist.
The teams will also play at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos and 6 p.m. Friday at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta.
In compliance with local health guidelines and due to venue capacity limitations, no tickets will be sold for these games. The only spectators permitted will be family and friends of the players.
All three games will be streamed on Joymo.tv.
The games will be the last for the U.S. before the 13-player Olympic roster is announced June 3.
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