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INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP: TOMKINSON FEATURES TWICE FOR USYNT

20 October 2023

Club News

INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP: TOMKINSON FEATURES TWICE FOR USYNT

20 October 2023

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City defender Jonathan Tomkinson recently featured in victories over Japan and Mexico for USA’s Olympic Men’s team.

In the nation’s first training camp, as they prepare for Paris 2024, the on-loan Norwich City centre-back started - and played an hour in - a 2-1 victory over Mexico, before being the only player to record 90 minutes in an emphatic 4-1 victory over Japan.

With both games taking place in Phoenix, Arizona, under the management of former Reading assistant Marko Mitrovic, Tomkinson was given the chance to represent his nation for the first time since 2019.

The journey to the 2024 Olympics in France started strongly for the Stars and Stripes over rivals Mexico last Wednesday.

Philadelphia Union midfielder Jack McGlynn won the hosts a penalty, but saw his spot-kick saved by Fernando Tapia.

Still on the front foot, Tomkinson had a headed attempt of his own fly just over the bar, as did his centre-back partner Maximilian Dietz - who plays his club football in Germany with Greuther Fürth.

Esmir Bajraktarevic broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, with a powerful curled shot which beat the stretching Tapia.

Tomkinson came off after an hour as Mitrovic made a host of changes to his side. The US doubled their lead through Obed Vargas who pounced on Bernard Kumungo’s pass.

Mexico replied at the end, though, through Jesús Brigido, but the States sealed the victory.

On Wednesday, the Americans ended the international break in a delightful manner beating Japan 4-1, with Tomkinson keeping his place in defence.

Johan Gomez, who also plies his trade in Germany’s second division with Eintracht Braunschweig, tapped home the opener.

The Samurai Blue equalised just after the half-hour mark, but it was not long after before the hosts found themselves back in front, as Paxten Aaronson, brother of former Leeds United midfielder Brendan, put the US back in the lead.

Captain Aidan Morris and Duncan McGuire rounded off a 4-1 victory, as Mitrovic’s men began preparations for the Olympics in style.

Tomkinson totalled just over 140 minutes, the most out of any other international in Arizona, as he hopes to team up with his country again in the next international break in November.

He has now returned to the UK and is back with his Bantams teammates ahead of tomorrow's visit of Wrexham. 


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