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Freddy Adu named US U23 captain for Olympics qualifier

Published on: 21 March 2012

Ghana-born midfielder Freddy Adu was named captain of the United States under-23 side that will try to qualify for the London Olympics at the CONCACAF regional tournament on home soil this month.

Adu, who plays for the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, was on the 20-man US roster announced on Tuesday by US coach Caleb Porter.

"We feel very confident about the team we've put together to help us achieve our goal of qualifying for the Olympic Games," Porter said. "This group is united and ready for the challenge."

Adu joined DC United of MLS at age 14 in 2004 as a highly touted prodigy, becoming the youngest US pro athlete in 115 years, but struggled the past four years with European clubs in France, Portugal, Greece and Turkey.

The Americans were drawn into qualifying Group A with Canada, Cuba and El Salvador and open play against Cuba on Thursday at Nashville, Tennessee, with games against Canada on Saturday and El Salvador on Monday.

Group B includes Mexico, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago and will play group matches in Los Angeles.

Two teams from each group advance to the semi-finals and semi-final match winners on March 31 will qualify for the Olympics with the tournament final on April 2.

The only change to the roster from the prior training camp lineup was the addition of Sheanon Williams to replace defender Josh Gatt, who was recalled by Norwegian club side Molde. The US squad includes 14 MLS players.


  • Dro! says:
    March 22, 2012 09:04 am
    GSN please Mr. Editor do your homework well before posting news for to your worldwide and discerning readers.Did you just say that Adu became pro at the age of 115 years? you guys should clean your house fast. And to my fellow readers come on Adu is a Ghanaian and for him to captain the US U-23 Team is worth noting here so please lets wish him well...after all he is marketing Ghana to the world.
  • joe. says:
    March 22, 2012 08:36 am
    I fynk sometimes ghanasoccernet make themselves available to public critisism cos this guy in not a Ghanaian but u keep making his story. I pray he shldn't come back one day that he is a Ghanaian so black stars shld be given to him. I really hate ppl who turn their back on Ghana when they get to greener pastures.
  • quame says:
    March 21, 2012 03:00 pm
    who cares...
  • tzooh says:
    March 21, 2012 03:10 pm
    @quame thank you i mean who cares. He made his decision and played for the US should we care and what has career amounted to anyway?
  • Mr fresh says:
    March 21, 2012 03:26 pm
    Wat has dis got 2 wit us. He can captain afganistan i dont care.
  • Allubi says:
    March 21, 2012 03:38 pm
    Who cares?we have so many midfielders in our team,u can even captain barca,no one cares
  • mukmin says:
    March 21, 2012 04:31 pm
    All of the above u cared enough to read and post a comment.
  • young zeak says:
    March 21, 2012 04:39 pm
    And so what
  • Balegha Bernard says:
    March 21, 2012 06:11 pm
    who cares
  • Anokwale says:
    March 22, 2012 04:44 am
    Reality check...He was a key player in the Gold Cup and took the U.S.A. to the final against Mexico. Our highly ranked Black Stars barely made it to the semi-final and lost to Zambia.(The victory against Tunisia was a bit lucky). Let us not get too cocky. Do not be surprised if he does well in the qualifiers and then in the Olympics. When that happens, I do not want to see anyone trying to claim him as relative:-)
  • idiami says:
    March 22, 2012 06:24 am
    he is a shit to me babylon
  • king of tadi says:
    March 22, 2012 02:30 pm
    mb3l3sem,nonesense n useless update.i tot it a new gh u23 professionals
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