Press Release

Five Former MLS NEXT Pro Players Named to U.S. Olympic Men's Soccer Team

NEXT Pro Alumni at Olympics 5

U.S. Olympic Men’s Soccer Team head coach Marko Mitrović has named the 18-player roster plus four alternates for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. This summer marks the U.S. Men’s return to the Games for the first time since 2008.

Five players have appeared in MLS NEXT Pro: Paxton Aaronson (Philadelphia Union II), Benjamin Cremaschi (Inter Miami CF II), Nathan Harriel (Philadelphia Union II), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union II) and Patrick Schulte (Columbus Crew 2). Schulte helped Crew 2 to the 2022 MLS NEXT Pro championship and took home league Goalkeeper of the Year honors before backstopping the Crew to the 2023 MLS Cup.

The Olympic Men’s Soccer Tournament is restricted to players under the age of 23, with an allowance for three overage players. The competition is an important part of the Federation’s mission to **develop winning teams** as it provides some of the nation’s top young talents the opportunity to face elite opposition on the world stage after rising through the ranks of American soccer development.

Fifteen of 18 players have been capped by the full U.S. Men’s National Team, led by overage defender Walker Zimmerman with 42 senior international appearances. Midfielder Gianluca Busio’s 13 senior caps lead the squad’s Under-23 contingent.

Seventeen of 18 players on the Olympic roster played in MLS or developed in an MLS academy set-up, showcasing the productivity of the American player development pathway.


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

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

Midfielders (5): Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA; Greensboro, N.C.), Benjamin Cremaschi (Inter Miami CF; Key Biscayne, Fla.), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union; Queens, N.Y.), Djordje Mihailovic (Colorado Rapids; Jacksonville, Fla.), Tanner Tessmann (Venezia/ITA; Birmingham, Ala.)

Forwards (5): Paxten Aaronson (FC Utrecht/NED; Medford, NJ), Taylor Booth (FC Utrecht/NED; Eden, Utah), Duncan McGuire (Orlando City SC; Omaha, Neb.), Kevin Paredes (Wolfsburg/GER; South Riding, Va.), Griffin Yow (KVC Westerlo/BEL; Clifton, Va.)

Alternates (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.)

At the 2024 Paris Olympics, the USA will kick off its return to the Games on Wednesday, July 24 – two days before the Opening Ceremony – against host France (9 p.m. local / 3 p.m. ET) at Stade de Marseille in Marseille. The U.S. will then take on New Zealand on Saturday, July 27 in Marseille(7 p.m. local / 1 p.m. ET) and finish the group stage against Guinea on Tuesday, July 30 (7 p.m. local / 1 p.m. ET). Marseille, located 125 miles west of Nice, is the second-largest city in France. Saint-Etienne is located 40 miles southeast of Lyon.

The U.S. will prepare for the Games at FC Girondins de Bordeaux in Bordeaux from July 9-20 before moving to Marseille ahead of its opening match vs. France.