Hmm. Perhaps Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber knew something when he touted John Tolkin as a potential U.S. men’s national team call-up on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the Red Bulls left back John Tolkin was named to the U.S. men’s national team roster for their upcoming friendlies against Serbia and Colombia in January, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday.
This is the first time that Tolkin was selected for the USMNT roster.
During a Tuesday Zoom press conference with the media, Struber pushed Tolkin for a national team call-up.
“We know that we have some interesting players,” he said. “They are growing, and they are also interesting for their countries to play in the national team.
“I think with John Tolkin, of course, he is a player for the next step. He has the ability to play in the national team [which] would be not a surprise for me.”
The Chatham, N.J. native most recently was invited to a U.S. Under-20 camp in November, where he participated in training with the senior team.
The USA will take on Serbia at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Jan.25 and face Colombia at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on Jan. 28.
Tolkin, 20, is entering his fourth season with the club and signed a new four-year MLS contract on Oct. 5, 2022.
The homegrown defender has made 59 MLS appearances for the Red Bulls. He has recorded two goals and five assists. Last season, Tolkin set career highs in games played (31), games started (31), minutes played (2,748), assists (3) and shots (33).
Tolkin was named sixth overall on the 2022 MLS 22 Under 22 list. He has received multiple call-ups to U.S. youth national teams, including eight with the U.S. U-20’s.