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U.S. Men’s Olympic Soccer team to face France, New Zealand and playoff winner in Paris



The United States will face France, New Zealand and the Asia-Africa intercontinental playoff winner in Group A at the 2024 Olympic Men’s Soccer Tournament, set for July 24-Aug. 9 in seven cities and stadiums across France.

Paris 2024 marks the U.S. men’s first time back at the Games since 2008.

The USA will kick off its Olympic return 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 (7 p.m. local / 1 p.m. ET) and finish the group stage against the AFC-CAF playoff winner on Tuesday, July 30 (7 p.m. local / 1 p.m. ET). The AFC-CAF playoff will be contested between Guinea, the fourth-place finisher at the 2023 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations, and the fourth-place finisher from the upcoming 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup.

The Men’s Olympic Soccer Tournament is restricted to players under the age of 23, with an allowance for three overage players. The competition features 16 teams, with the top two finishers in each group advancing to the quarterfinals.

Philadelphia Union midfielder Jack McGlynn and defender Nathan Harriel are both in camp with the Olympic Team now. Quinn Sullivan is also a candidate for the Olympic Team and in an ideal world Alejandro Bedoya would be considered as one of the overage players.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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