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Red Bulls Defender John Tolkin Named to 2024 U.S. Olympic Team

With the 2024 Summer Olympics in France less than a month away, lineups and rosters are officially finalized. The United States Olympic Team announced its final roster for the U.S. Soccer team, with New York Red Bulls defender John Tolkin named.

The Chatham, NJ native is no stranger to the national team. He made seven appearances for the U.S. Olympic Team as they prepared for the games in France. Tolkin was also called up to the senior national team in their friendly against Slovenia before the start of the MLS season. The 21-year-old defender for New York is the sixth player in franchise history to be called up, following the footsteps of Ramiro Corrales and legendary USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard, who participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

This is Tolkin’s fifth season with the Red Bulls, making 105 MLS appearances. The homegrown player has 15 career assists across all competitions, the second most in franchise history by a defender. Tolkin recorded ten assists in the 2023 season, tying the record for most in a single season by a defender, and earned himself a spot on the 2023 MLS All-Star roster.

The United States will participate in men’s soccer in the Olympics for the first time since 2008. The team will play a friendly against Spain a week before the games start. The U.S. is in Group A, including France (host country), New Zealand, and Guinea. The team’s first official match for the Olympics will be against France on July 24. Following the hosts, they will play New Zealand on July 27th and Guinea on July 30th.

Be sure to check out JerseySportingNews.com for more on Tolkin and Team USA.

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