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Thursday, March 29, 2012

OKUGO, WILLIAMS MORE LIKELY THAN ADU TO GET NODS SAT. VS. VANCOUVER



Amobi Okugo and Sheanon Williams are more likely to see the pitch Saturday than their United States U-23 teammates Freddy Adu, according to Union manager Peter Nowak.

Okugo, a midfielder, and Williams, a right back, played considerably fewer minutes for the U.S. U-23s, who sustained a 3-3 draw Monday against El Salvador and were eliminated from the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Nashville.

Adu, the U-23 captain, played three matches in five days.

“I know how disappointed they are,” Nowak said. “I did talk to all of them before training (Wednesday). I feel sorry for that. They were hoping for great things. This process is never easy, especially being eliminated in this fashion, (with El Salvador's equalizer coming) in the last second.”

“We want to be back on the field as soon as possible and forget about what happened in Tennessee,” Okugo said. “...You can't change the past.”

Okugo said Adu, a midfielder, served as “a good captain” for the U-23s, despite the results.

“He was a good captain, given his experience during the last Olympic cycle,” Okugo said. “And he played with youth national team growing up, so with his experiences he led by example on the field. You can see it in the games he played, he played very well through all three games. We just learned from him and tried to mature and look to him as a role model, because he's been there before.”

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