Which Philadelphia Union Players Are Most Likely to Make the U-23 National Team: A Fan’s Take

Five players from the Philadelphia Union have been training with the U-23 United States Men's National Team. Though perhaps not all five will make the team, here are the three that I think have the best shot at making the team and getting a shot at playing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

Jack McInerney

Jack McInerney is one of the younger players in the training for the U-23 team. However he has already made an impact in scrimmages. Most recently, while playing against the United States Men's National Team, he got a goal, which tied the game. The game ended up a draw. McInerney has the ability to make plays and is a valuable member of the Union who fans will likely see a lot of in the future.

Amobi Okugo

Amobi Okugo has some experience playing for national teams and internationally. The midfielder and Generation adidas star has dreamed of making the Olympic team. Though he has not been scoring the most goals or being a break out star for the team, he is a solid team player that will likely be a huge help to the team. He would be a great addition and the coach is not likely to overlook him or his potential.

Sheanon Williams

As a defender, Sheanon Williams is a very valuable asset to the Union. All reports indicate that Williams has been excelling during his time with the team. Though he doesn't score goals often, he does have consistency, which was one of the reasons the Union signed him from the Harrisburg City Islanders.

I have doubts as to whether Zac MacMath and Freddy Adu will be called for matches. MacMath has been inconsistent so far and the coaches have brought in more goalkeepers. It would seem that his position on the team is depending on a great performance from him. Freddy Adu seems to have not been a standout on the team so far. That wouldn't necessarily mean much, but Adu also failed to really standout in the games he played with the Union. Losing all five players would present something of a hardship for the Union, so while I hope all make it, it would be a bit of a relief if that did not happen.

Watt lives in central Pennsylvania and has no local major league sporting teams in the area. She has chosen to adopt Philadelphia's teams, including the Philadelphia Union, as her own home teams. Philadelphia is close enough to make a daytrip out of a game and still not have to get a hotel room.

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Updated Monday, Jan 23, 2012