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Kevin Paredes and Griffin Yow named to U.S. Olympic men’s soccer team

Kevin Paredes and Griffin Yow, two 21-year-old soccer players from northern Virginia who launched their careers at D.C. United before venturing to Europe, will travel together to the Paris Olympics.

The wingers are among 18 players named Monday to the U.S. men’s team, which will compete in the Summer Games for the first time since 2008. The 16-nation tournament is open to players 23 and under, with three exceptions per team.

Paredes (South Riding) and Yow (Clifton) have been with the youth national team for some time. But because FIFA does not require clubs to release players for the Olympics, Paredes had to get permission from Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga and Yow from Belgian club Westerlo to join the U.S. team.

The French national team players will travel to Bordeaux this week for a training camp. The group matches will begin on July 24 against France in Marseille, followed by New Zealand on July 27 in Marseille and Guinea on July 30 in Saint-Etienne. Two of them will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Since the age restriction was put in place in 1992, the only time the U.S. men have advanced out of the group stages was at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where they finished fourth.

With the exception of three selected American players, all have made appearances for the senior national team.

Paredes and Yow are among eight European-based players selected by coach Marko Mitrovic. Last season – his second full campaign in Germany since United signed him for a record $7.35 million in January 2022 – Paredes scored three goals in 28 league appearances (15 starts).

This summer he was a candidate for the Copa America squad, made up of the best players from the national team, but coach Gregg Berhalter decided to keep him for the Olympics.

Yow, who joined Belgium in July 2022, scored seven goals in 28 league appearances (25 starts) last season.

The other 10 American players invited by Mitrovic come from MLS teams, including the three older selections: center backs Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC) and Miles Robinson (FC Cincinnati) and midfielder Djordje Mihailovic (Colorado Rapids).

Several players targeted by Mitrovic — some of playing age and others older — have not been released by their respective clubs. He is expected to discuss that and other issues with reporters Monday afternoon.

This is a developing story and will be updated..

Goalkeepers:Gabriel Slonina (Chelsea), Patrick Schulte (Columbus Crew).

Defenders: Maximilian Dietz (Greuther Fürth), Nathan Harriel (Philadelphia Union), Miles Robinson (FC Cincinnati), John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls), Caleb Wiley (Atlanta United), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC).

Midfielders:Gianluca Busio (Venice), Benjamin Cremaschi (Inter Miami), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union), Djordje Mihailovic (Colorado Rapids), Tanner Tessmann (Venice).

Attackers:Paxten Aaronson (Utrecht), Taylor Booth (Utrecht), Duncan McGuire (Orlando City), Kevin Paredes (Wolfsburg), Griffin Yow (Westerlo).

Replacements:Goalkeeper John Pulskamp (Sporting Kansas City), defender Jacob Davis (Sporting Kansas City), midfielder Josh Atencio (Seattle Sounders), defender Johan Gomez (Eintracht Brunswick).

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