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USA Men’s Soccer Team Will Share Group With France in 2024 Paris Olympics

The USMNT Will Look to Land a Historic Olympic Medal

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times based on the latest soccer news for US fans. The United States now knows its Paris 2024 Olympics group. 

The good news is the USA will face New Zealand and the winner of the AFC and CAF playoffs. This gives the United States a good chance to advance, but the path will be challenging with the host country France also in the group. 

USA Men's Soccer Team Will Share Group With France in 2024 Paris Olympics
Walker Zimmerman #3 of the United States/ David Berding/Getty Images/AFP


Here’s what you need to know. 

 

USA Will Have a Heavy Dose of MLS in the 2024 Olympics

Keep in mind that this is the U-23 team for America that will be playing this summer. Don’t expect the normal USMNT stars that soccer fans have come to expect. 


The United States is expected to lean heavily on MLS players for this roster. This is good news for the growth of the league, but it may not be the best news for the United States’ chances of earning a medal. 

 

Landing in the Same Group as France Is Not Ideal

USA manager Marko Mitrovic attempted to downplay the significance of being grouped with France. Yet, this is not the best news for US soccer. After months of soccer rumors about the draw, the United States will essentially be playing France in what is a home game. 


When you play a guest host theme, it might be like a little bit different experience,” Mitrović said, per The Athletic. “We are playing the first game against them. It’s in Marseille, I probably assume it’s going to be a sold-out stadium with — I think Vélodrome Stadium is like 70,000 people (note: 67,000), but it is what it is. We just see them as all other teams in our group.

The important thing here is that the United States is in the Olympic soccer competition for the first time since 2008. Reasonable expectations are for the USA to advance out of the group. Anything else would be a bonus, but the team’s chances of landing a medal will be challenging.

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