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Seymour Soccer Player Makes Her Olympic Debut in Rio

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    Goaltender Alyssa Naeher #21 of the USA warms up prior to a game against France in an international friendly match of the SheBelieves Cup at Nissan Stadium on March 6, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    The U.S. women's soccer team is going for a fourth straight gold at the Olympic Games and a Seymour, Connecticut woman will be part of it.

    Twenty-eight-year-old Alyssa Naeher, a two-time Parade All-American while playing youth soccer in Connecticut, is a backup goalkeeper for Team USA to Hope Solo. 

    Naeher, who started playing soccer at the age of 4, was a standout goalkeeper at Penn State before playing professional soccer with the Boston Breakers, then the Chicago Red Stars. 

    Last summer, she was part of the U.S.A. team to win the World Cup. It’s a moment that had her parents glowing with pride.

    “For a mom to see your daughter have a dream in her heart and the actually just pursue it and get there, it’s amazing,” her mother, Donna Lynn Naeher, said when NBC Connecticut spoke with her last summer

    The U.S. will play New Zealand at 6 p.m. Eastern Time tonight.