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Tuesday, March 13, 2012


PORTLAND, Ore. -- It would've been easy for Freddy Adu to allow his mind to wander, but the 22-year-old midfielder insisted Monday night that he was focused on one thing: winning.

In the moments following the Union's 3-1 season-opening loss to the host Timbers, Adu discussed the news that he received prior to the game -- that he would be joining the United States U-23 team for its final training camp prior to Olympic qualifying.

“You've got to adjust. You've got to be ready for anything," Adu said about his call-up. "… I'm excited. Hopefully we can qualify for the Olympics.

As for whether Adu, who played 74 minutes and was subbed out for Jack McInerney, had his mind elsewhere while playing at JELD-WEN Field... umm, quite the contrary, he said.

“I wasn't thinking about it at all," Adu said. "I was completely focused on Philadelphia and what we're trying to do here and focused on getting the win."

Of course, what the Union are trying to do could suffer a blow with Adu gone for what could amount to the next three matches. Adu and fellow Union midfielder Amobi Okugo ship out to Nashville to join the U-23s directly from here in Portland.

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