The New York Red Bulls has one promising rising star defender John Tolkin who recently played his debut USMNT friendly match against Serbia and Colombia in January 2023. He’s been a center of attraction to many who watched his matches. Along with his soccer skills, Tolkin’s signature mullet earned him the attention of many fans.
Hence, the question of who is John Tolkin’s girlfriend never leaves anyone’s mind. The charming defender of the New York Red Bulls (RBNY) has already made quite an impact, and his fans are gaga over him. So if you, too, are curious and want to know if Tolkin is single or taken, then keep up with us until the end.
Basketball Or Soccer?
Tolkin was born on July 31, 2002, in Chatham Borough, New Jersey. He had thought about his future when he was still in kindergarten. When asked about what he wanted to be when he grew up, John wrote down basketball player, bakery owner, and soccer player – in that order.
The Chatham native’s love for basketball and soccer has him torn. He was actively involved in both sports and couldn’t leave one. There have been many instances where Tolkin was late for his soccer training because he was playing neighborhood backyard basketball tournament.
When the time came for John to choose between basketball and soccer, he realized as much as he loved basketball, it didn’t compare to his love for soccer. Hence the decision was made, and he has never looked back ever since. Tolkin is happy with his decision.
ALSO READ: Who Is Jalen Neal’s Partner?
Tolkin’s Journey To USMNT
At 12, John fully committed to soccer by joining Ironbound Soccer Club, where he played for two years before Red Bulls Academy reached out to go play for them. Surprisingly, he initially denied the offer because he didn’t want to leave his teammates. Apart from being a good player, he is also a good friend. Thankfully John’s dad convinced him not to let the opportunity slip, and he agreed.
Tolkin entered the New York Red Bulls Academy (RBNY) in 2015 and appeared for New York Red Bulls II during the 2019 USL Championship. He made his professional debut on July 10, 2019, as a second-half substitute.
On May 8, 2020, John made his Major League Soccer (MLS) debut and scored his first professional goal on August 18, 2021, against Columbus Crew. Tolkin was doing better in each game and taking all the right steps.
Tolkin was also responsible for advancing his club to the Round of 16 in the 2022 U.S. Open Cup. On October 5, 2022, RBNY renewed Tolkin’s contract until 2027, and on November 18, 2022, he was named New York Red Bulls Defender of the Year for the 2022 Season.
View this post on Instagram
On January 18, 2023, U.S. Soccer announced the 24-man roster for the friendly match against Serbia and Colombia as part of the team’s annual January camp. Tolkin was among the 13 players who got their first international caps.
Sadly, the USMNT finished without a victory from its two January 2023 friendlies against Serbia and Colombia. Another player of USMNT who made his debut for the senior U.S. team is Chelsea goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina.
Who Is John Tolkin’s Girlfriend?
John is also known by his nickname JMi which he got from his uncle. His nickname is short for John Michael, and now the RBNY defender finds it odd when someone calls him John. But we wonder what John Tolkin’s girlfriend calls him. Is it John or JMi?
The left-footer of USMNT recently revealed his love life on his Instagram. He posted a picture of what appears to be a trip to Disneyland with his girl. John Tolkin’s girlfriend is a dancer, and her name is Madison Nicole Montagna.
Madison is one talented dancer with skills in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, HipHop, Contemporary, etc. The new pair are happy and can be seen taking a couple’s vacation in British overseas.
Many fans of JMi must be heartbroken by the revelation, but the player is happy in love, and though saddened by the news, his followers are happy for him and showering him with unwavering love and support. We wish Tolkin all the best for both his love life and athletic career.