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Mihailovic, Robinson, Zimmerman in U.S. Olympic men’s soccer team

Colorado Rapids midfielder Djordje Mihailovic, FC Cincinnati defender Miles Robinson and Nashville defender Walker Zimmerman headline the 18-player roster for the U.S. men’s Olympic team named Monday by manager Marko Mitrović.

The men’s Olympic soccer tournament is open to players under the age of 23, but allows three “overage” players to participate. Mihailovic, Robinson and Zimmerman will fill each of those spots. The rest of the roster includes players born on or after Jan. 1, 2001.

This summer’s tournament in Paris marks the Americans’ first Olympic qualification since 2008.

The squad is also strengthened by midfielders Gianluca Busio and Tanner Tessmann, both of whom helped Venezia secure promotion to Italy’s Serie A last season.

Since the Olympics are not considered an official FIFA competition, club teams are not required to release players for the tournament.

This partly explains why the vast majority of the U.S. national team players who just played in the Copa América are not on the roster. Robinson is the only exception.

Those limitations have presented a challenge for Mitrović in terms of roster construction. But of the players named, 15 of the 18 have made appearances for the U.S. men’s national team, with Zimmerman, a veteran of the 2022 World Cup squad, leading the way with 42 appearances.

Ten of the players are currently under contract with MLS clubs, with the rest playing in Europe.

The last U.S. team to compete, in 2008, was led by former USMNT players Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. They narrowly missed out on qualifying for the medal round.

This time, the Americans qualified by winning the 2022 Concacaf Under-20 Championship. Of that team, only Philadelphia Union’s Jack McGlynn and FC Utrecht’s Paxten Aaronson made the final Olympic roster.

All of the United States’ group stage matches in the 16-team tournament will be played in Marseille, with the opening match taking place on July 24 – two days before the opening ceremony – against host nation France.

This will be followed by matches against New Zealand on July 27, followed by the group stage final against Guinea three days later.

If the United States qualifies for the final phase, it will play the quarter-finals in Paris or Bordeaux.

The semi-finals will take place in Marseille and Décines-Charpieu, near Lyon. The final will be held in Paris on August 9 and the bronze medal match will take place in Nantes the day before.

The United States will prepare for the Games in Bordeaux, at the home of Ligue 2 team Bordeaux, from July 9-20, before traveling to Marseille for their opening match.

U.S. MEN’S OLYMPIC FOOTBALL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; HOMETOWN)

Goalkeepers (2): Patrick Schulte (Columbus Crew; St. Charles, Missouri), Gaga Slonina (Chelsea/ENG; Addison, Illinois)

Defenders (6): Maximilian Dietz (Greuther Furth/GER; Frankfurt, Germany), Nathan Harriel (Philadelphia Union; Oldsmar, Florida), Miles Robinson (FC Cincinnati; Arlington, Massachusetts), John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls; Chatham, New Jersey), Caleb Wiley (Atlanta United FC; Atlanta), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; Lawrenceville, Georgia)

Midfielders (5): Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA; Greensboro, North Carolina), Benjamin Cremaschi (Inter Miami CF; Key Biscayne, Florida), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union; New York), Djordje Mihailovic (Colorado Rapids; Jacksonville, Florida), Tanner Tessmann (Venezia/ITA; Birmingham, Alabama)

Attackers (5): Paxten Aaronson (FC Utrecht/NED; Medford, New Jersey), Taylor Booth (FC Utrecht/NED; Eden, Utah), Duncan McGuire (Orlando City SC; Omaha, Nebraska), Kevin Paredes (Wolfsburg/GER; South Riding, Virginia), Griffin Yow (KVC Westerlo/BEL; Clifton, Virginia)

Substitutes (4): Josh Atencio (midfielder, Seattle Sounders FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Jacob Davis (defender, Sporting Kansas City; Rochester, Mich.), Johan Gomez (forward, Eintracht Braunschweig/GER; Keller, Texas), John Pulskamp (goalkeeper, Sporting Kansas City; Bakersfield, Calif.)

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