CHAD WINGER - Monday, March 21, 2005
Olympiakos midfielder Peter Philipakos has declined the invitation to participate in Greece's upcoming U21 qualifiers, holding out in the hopes of representing his nation of birth and to focus on his club commitments.

The recently-turned 22-year old defended his choice, telling YA, "Right now, it's more of a club decision since I really just want to get through this first season as fit as possible."

"I haven't played too much since the injury and want to spend more time with the team," he continued. "That said, I don't want to close the doors on the US right now either."

With the United States fully in the throes of World Cup qualifying, Philipakos has his sights set on possibly receiving a call-up to Bruce Arena's USMNT camp ahead of the May 28th friendly against England in Chicago, or the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup due to take place this summer.

"I definitely am interested in those opportunities if and when they come up," Philipakos says. "It would be an honor to be called up by [Arena]."

Philipakos, who was slated to open the season as O Thrylos' starting right midfielder, has returned to action to rave reviews following early season groin surgery.