FRISCO, Texas (March 18, 2021) – U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach and former Dallas Burn player Jason Kreis has added FC Dallas midfielder Tanner Tessmann to the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team 20-player roster for the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico that starts today, March 18 and runs through March 30.
Tessmann has been training as an alternate with the U-23 USMNT ahead of the tournament. He joins teammate and FC Dallas Homegrown Jesús Ferreira as the U-23 USMNT aims to qualify for its first Olympic Games since 2008.
Tessmann, 19, made his senior team debut in the 78th minute of the Trinidad and Tobago friendly on January 31 after earning a spot on the USMNT final travel roster. He was with the U-23 USMNT for its January training camp alongside the senior team before being promoted along with 15 other U-23 players for the match.
Tessmann appeared in 21 matches for FC Dallas in 2020 after signing as the 28th Homegrown player in club history on Feb. 27, 2020. Prior to signing his professional contract with FC Dallas, Tessmann was committed to playing soccer and football at Clemson University after being recruited by Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney and assistant football coach Danny Pearman. Tessmann won the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Golden Ball in the 2019 U-18/19 Academy Playoffs as he helped FC Dallas reach the championship match.
The USA kicks off Olympic qualifying today, March 18 vs. Costa Rica at 3:30 p.m. CT, faces Dominican Republic on Sunday, March 21 at 6 p.m. CT and wraps up the group stage vs. Mexico on Thursday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. CT. All three U.S. group stage games will be broadcast on FS1 and TUDN.
The tournament features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the pivotal semifinals that will send two winners to the Olympics in Tokyo as representatives of Concacaf. The two winners will also meet in the final on March 30.