Friday, February 17, 2012

Three Union players called up by U-23 U.S. Men’s National Team

CHICAGO – Freddy Adu, Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo will again join the U-23 U.S. Men’s National Team as they train for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, U.S. Soccer announced today.

The 10-day camp convenes February 19th and culminates with a match against Mexico’s U-23 National Team on Wednesday, February 29 at FC Dallas Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 9:00 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast live on Univision.

In addition to the Mexico match, the U.S. U-23s will hold scrimmages against FC Dallas of Major League Soccer on Wed., Feb. 22, and the North American Soccer League’s new franchise, the San Antonio Scorpions, on Friday, Feb. 24.

The Union represent three of the 15 Major League Soccer players on the 24-man training camp roster. McInerney and Okugo make their fourth appearance with the U-23’s this offseason, while Adu is on his third tour with the squad.

This camp marks the fourth gathering of this group as the team prepares for the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March.  The first camp was held at the Sportschule Wedau in Germany in early November, the second took place in Lakewood Ranch, Florida in December, while the most recent camp in January was split between Carson, Calif. and Costa Rica.

The U.S. U-23 MNT was drawn into Group A of the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament and will face Canada, Cuba and El Salvador. The teams open group play from March 22-26 at LP Field in Nashville. The two finalists from the tournament qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer.

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