RECAP: USA U-23 2 - 1 FC DALLAS
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The US U-23 team defeated FC Dallas 2-1 today in a friendly. The game was the first friendly for the US U-23 team during the February camp.

The US was playing without most of its European players. Joe Gyau, Terrence Boyd, Mix Diskerud, and Alfredo Morales were all invited for the camp but will arrive this weekend.

It was an up and down game for the US U-23 team. Dallas scored first in the first half when an Andrew Wiedeman corner found an unmarked Andrew Jacobson who headed it home for a 1-0 lead.

The US U-23's equalized soon after when a Freddy Adu corner kick was headed home by Ike Opara to even the score at 1-1 before the half.

In the first half, Adu would also have a penalty kick saved by Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman after Brek Shea was fouled in the box by Hartman.

In the second half, US U-23 right back Kofi Sarkodie was sent off reducing the US down to 10 men.

Despite being down a man, the US found a winner when Adu picked up his second assist of the game. On the play, the Philadelphia Union midfielder found Brek Shea all alone on the left side of the box. Shea, playing against his club, made no mistake and hammered home the eventual winner.

The rest of the game was not without drama as the US U-23 team was reduced to nine players after Shea was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the game.

The US U-23 team is preparing for an important friendly next Wednesday, February 29 against Mexico in Dallas.
much adu
Friday February 24, 2012 6:02 pm
Another great showing for Freddy. If the US can qualify for the Olympics, they could have a very good shot to medal. It is the best group of under 23's maybe the US has ever had. I hope we send some of our USMT starters to the Olympics, because a gold medal would be the biggest thing to ever happen to US soccer. Keep Freddy at CAM and watch him drop dimes to Shea, Agudelo and hopefully Altidore with whom he has always played well with. After Adu stars in the Olympics for petes sake get him back on the Big Team!!
Brent
Thursday February 23, 2012 3:31 am
10 years ago, you could never watch a preseason game between 2 teams like this. Now, you can catch the highlights of the game at ussoccer.com and see which young players stand out. And thanks for the news about it YA. Your coverage of the American game is great! Footy Times are changing in the USA.
Cole Joseph
Thursday February 23, 2012 12:13 am
good to see Adu and Shea have good games even if Shea was sent off. I can't wait to see the European guys playing with the team. The potential is scary good.
Award
Wednesday February 22, 2012 6:01 pm
About time Adu was played in his natural CAM position. Not impressed with Bunbury or Agudelo. Still the team played well. Stands to reason that the two stars of this U-23 team will be Shea and Adu. With Boyd and Gyau likely to be stars as well. Still at a loss as to why Andrew Wooten was left off. He is tearing it up right now, and has shown better than either Bunbury or Agudelo in various U-23 camps.
Conare
Wednesday February 22, 2012 5:28 pm
Adu continues to perform at the highest levels. I expect he'll end up on the WC team in 2014.
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