At just 20 years old, John Tolkin is one of the most promising young left backs in Major League Soccer. He’s also one of the most interesting personalities in the American game. With a plethora of hairstyles and big-picture thoughts on the sport, Tolkin has major career aspirations.
In a sit-down with Backheeled, Tolkin discussed his development with the New York Red Bulls, his time with the U.S. men’s national team earlier this year, the hardest player to defend in MLS, and so much more.
This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.