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Former Cavalier Football Star Bell Heads to 2nd Olympics with New Zealand

AUCKLAND, NZ (CURRENTLY CVILLE) – Former UVA midfielder Joe Bell, who played three seasons (2017-2019) in Charlottesville, has been called up for duty with New Zealand for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Men’s Soccer competition. As a Hoo, Bell scored 10 goals and recorded 10 assists in 60 starts for UVA. In 2019, he was named Top Drawer Soccer’s Player of the Year, United Soccer Coaches Scholar Player of the Year and ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year.

This will be Bell’s second trip to the Olympics with the All-Whites. He made four appearances at the Tokyo 2020 games, playing the full 90 minutes in each game before they were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

Team New Zealand has been drawn into a tough group in the Olympic competition and will face Team USA, France and Guinea in the group stage. Their first match is against Guinea on July 24.

You can watch Bell and Team New Zealand live on Peacock starting July 24 at 11:00 a.m. ET.