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Tolkin and Edelman Called into Olympic Camp

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Anthony J. Merced

New York Red Bulls homegrown players John Tolkin and Daniel Edelman have been called into the US Olympic training camp ahead of friendlies later in the month. Tolkin, 21 years-old, has been called into Gregg Berhalter's camps in the past while Edelman will be making his first trip to the national level.

Tolkin, now entering his fifth year as a New York Red Bulls player, has experience with the national team going all the way back to 2018 with the US Under 17 team. In 2023, he played four games for the Under 23 team and four games for the main national team as well. While he isn't a first choice pick yet, Tolkin's consistency hasn't gone unnoticed by US Soccer scouts and another solid showing could see him inch closer to a starting position.

For Edelman it will be is first selection to such a camp. His experience with the Under 20's was extensive as he helped the team win the U20 Concacaf Championship in 2022. That tournament allowed the team to qualify for the Summer Olympics in Paris this year. Last year his experience grew as the captain of the U20 team in U20 FIFA World Cup. That US team won their group with three wins but fell short of their goal in the Quarterfinals, losing 2-0 to Uruguay. 

The team has two friendlies later this month, the first against Guinea on March 22nd in Olot, Spain and the second in France on March 25th. Both players will miss the clash with Inter Miami on the 23rd and potentially the following week's game against Orlando City on the 30th of March.


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