BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, March 19, 2012
US Soccer today announced that Freddy Adu would be the US U-23 captain for the Olympic qualifying tournament which begins Thursday night in Nashville.

US Soccer told YA that despite reports stating otherwise, Adu was awarded the captain's arm band by the coaching staff and not by the team.

Adu, 22, has long been a veteran of US youth national teams and four years ago he was the leader on the Olympic team that played in Beijing.

While Adu has achieved success with youth national teams he is still waiting to make an impact at the club level. He is now with Philadelphia in MLS and it is the eighth professional team he has played for since turning pro in 2004 with DC United.

Adu and the United States U-23 team begin Olympic qualifying on Thursday night with a game against Cuba.
Lilburn JAC
Wednesday March 21, 2012 3:49 pm
Freddy must be quite a practice player.
Wednesday March 21, 2012 11:03 am
On paper this is a great talented team. These guys need to focus on playing as a team, not individuals. They need to back each other up and be motivated to inspire the others. All need to defend, all need to hold possession and all need to attack. They need to believe that defeat is not an option, even if they find themselves down by 2. Fight, Fight and Fight. That is the American way, never give up, it's not an option. Klinsmann talks about the US having a style of their own and increasing their possesion. I agree with the possesion and more attack minded, but what used to be the American Way, was their never give up attitude, look back at the 90's, that attitude needs to be brought back.
Cole Joseph
Wednesday March 21, 2012 12:19 am
Congrats Freddy this is a great honor for you. I wish you and the olympic squad the best of luck. Make us Americans proud!
Tuesday March 20, 2012 6:49 pm
Terrence Boyd scored a goal today in his final game before heading out to the Olympic qualifying tournament and joining up with his teammates. That makes two goals in his last two appearances which puts him at 14 in Regianlliga West. Looks like he will be heading into qualyfying in top form which makes this offense that more scary good for opposing defenses to deal with. LEST GO BOYS!!! Time to show the world we mean bussiness at all levels.
Tuesday March 20, 2012 6:05 pm
Well how about that? My man Freddy gettin his props finally for all his great Olympic soccer performances. This is US Soccers best chance ever at a chance to medal and possibly bring home the gold. On paper, they look pretty dangerous. I hope they play up to their potential and Mr. Adu drops some dimes into the final third so our strikers can strike! Agudelo, Boyd, Shea, Gatt and Mix need to FINISH!!! Go team USA!!!
Tuesday March 20, 2012 1:22 pm
You go Freddy!!!! that the team mates picked him to lead, says a lot about him. Maybe the years and the bouncing around world wide, sitting on the bench, humbled Freddy to the point that he realizes that what he loved most is just getting a chance to play, where ever and when ever. No doubt that he always displayed talent. But maybe know he realizes that hard work, determination and being a team player is what makes the difference. By no means am I comparing Freddy to Messi, Xavin or C.Ronaldo, but any player should look at these for an example of how hard they train and work to achieve their level of play. Donovan is a hard worker, look at Dempsey, the harder he works the better he gets. Freddy lead this great squad to amazing victories. Never give up and don't let your team mates give up either.
Tuesday March 20, 2012 12:46 pm
I agree. This is a wonderful opportunity for US soccer, for Freddy, for Coach Porter, and staff.
This team is loaded with speed, skill, talent and experience.
One game at a time - qualify first.
Be strong, play together, stay positive.
This is your time to shine gentlemen.
Let's go - USA!
Tuesday March 20, 2012 12:29 am
He was selected by the players which in my opinion carries far more weight than being selected by the head coach. Congrats Freddy. Now lead this team to glory.

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