Miles Robinson and Brooks Lennon, two of Atlanta United’s young American players, have been selected to a 50-man preliminary squad list for the United States in Olympic qualifying.
The Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship is set to take place from March 20 to April 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The 50-player list published today will be trimmed considerably to just 20 players on March 10.
It’s unlikely that either player will end up featuring for the U.S. during the qualification competition, as it’s officially considered a youth tournament, and therefore clubs are not required to release players. Considering the importance both Robinson and Lennon have to the first team in Atlanta, it’s essentially a given that neither will be departing. If the United States goes on to qualify and participate in the Olympic Games, that could be a different story.
It’s still nice recognition for two of Atlanta United’s young American standouts. Emerson Hyndman, who’s played a large role in U.S. youth teams in the past, is just over the age threshold to be eligible for the roster. Men’s Soccer is the only sport in the Olympics which requires participants to be under the age of 23. There are three exceptions for the final competition, but during the qualifying phase all players must meet the age requirement.
To download the provisional rosters, click here.