MIDDLESBROUGH's Aidan Morris won't be heading to the Olympics this summer, with the midfielder not included in the USA's squad for the Paris games.

The USA's 18-man roster has been confirmed today, with Morris - who joined Boro from Columbus Crew last month - left out.

Had Morris been named in the squad, Boro would have potentially been without their new signing for more than a fortnight, with the Olympics football tournament scheduled to run from July 24 to August 10, which is the day Michael Carrick's side kick off their Championship campaign against Swansea.

Morris will now be able to benefit from a full pre-season at Boro, though the Championship promotion hopefuls will closely manage the midfielder's workload after he played a large bulk of an MLS campaign before his move to the Riverside was confirmed.


Morris, who has five caps for the USA senior team, was part of the Under-23 side's last get-together before the Olympics.

After confirming his squad for the Games, head coach Marko Mitrović said: “We couldn’t be more excited to have this group of great players and great people represent us at the Olympic Games.

“It’s a special moment for all of us as they have worked their entire lives to reach this stage. Almost every player developed through our American soccer pathway, rising to become professionals and now they will live their dreams of competing at the Olympics. We’re grateful to the clubs that released their players in support of our mission. Our goal is to make our country proud and we will give everything for the United States.”