United States Olympic Training Camp Team: Walker Zimmerman, the first overage player named to the roster

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In the run-up to the Olympic Games, which start on July 24 with a tough match against the host country FranceUnited States U-23 head coach Marko Mitrovic has named his final training camp roster for a match against Japan in Kansas City on June 11. One overage player is included in this selection Walker Zimmerman who can bring stability to a young backline and need USMNT experience for the team as they look to begin a journey to progress to the knockout stages, having not been to the Olympics since 2008.

There are nineteen players on the roster with senior USMNT caps, but the decision to include Zimmerman only as an overage player is interesting because Mitrovic can use up to three. This won’t stop him from including more names like Brandon Vazquez in his final Olympic roster, but that’s something that needs to be resolved with his club as they don’t have to release players for the Olympics in the same way they do players should be released for international FIFA windows such as the European Championship and Copa America.

The Venice The duo of Tanner Tessman and Gianluca Busio will be crucial to this team’s performance to get out of their group, but first they must focus on getting their club back to Serie A. Cremonese on May 30 and June 2, the duo have the opportunity to enter this camp on a high after an impressive season in which they controlled the midfield in Italy’s second tier. That experience will only help with such a young squad of mainly domestic players, although the Columbus crew duo of Patrick Schulte and Aidan Morris can achieve something similar if they can win the Concacaf Champions Cup on June 1 Pachuca.

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On defense, the return of Jalen Neal is also a boost for the team Benjamin Cremaschi return to midfield. Neal has now played five MLS games for the universe since returning to health while Cremaschi is being produced in depth below Miami midfield. Two players with very high ceilings, they couldn’t have gotten healthy at a better time.


GOALKEEPS (2):Patrick Schulte (Columbus crew; St. KarelMo.), Gaga Slonina (Chelsea/ENG; Addison, Ill.)

DEFENDERS (7):Nathan Harriel (Philadelphia Union; Oldsmar, Florida), Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy; Lakewood, California), Bryan Reynolds (KVC Westerlo/BEL; Fort Worth, Texas), John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls; Chatham, NJ), Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich City/ENG; Plano, Texas), Caleb Wiley (Atlanta United FC; Atlanta, Georgia), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; Lawrenceville, GA)

MIDFIELDERS (7):Cole Bassett (Colorado rapids; Littleton, Colorado), Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA; Greensboro, NC), Benjamin Cremaschi (InterMiami CF; Key Biscayne, FL), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union; Queens, NY), Aidan Morris (Columbus Crew; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida), Rokas Pukstas (Hajduk Split/CRO; Stillwater, Oklahoma), Tanner Tessmann (Venezia/ITA; Birmingham, Ala.)

FORWARD (9):Paxten Aaronson (Eintracht Frankfurt/DE; Medford, NJ), Esmir Bajraktarević (New England Revolution; Appleton, Wis.) Taylor Booth (Utrecht/NED; Eden, Utah), Cade Cowell (Guadalajara/MEX; Ceres, California), Damion Downs (Köln/GER; Schwebenried, Germany), Johan Gomez (Eintracht Braunschweig/GER; Keller, Texas), Duncan McGuire (Orlando City SC; Omaha, Neb.), Kevin Paredes (Wolfsburg/GER; South Riding, Va.), Griffin Yes (KVC Westerlo/BEL; Clifton, from.)

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