U.S. names Olympic qualifying team
Ten players who have played for the full national team, including Freddy Adu and Benny Feilhaber, are in the 24-man roster Coach Peter Nowak has named to enter the U-23 national team training camp to prepare for Olympic qualifying play.
The squad enters camp March 1 in Bradenton, Fla. Prior to the first qualifying game against Cuba March 11 in Tampa, Nowak will name a 20-man roster that may include players not in the initial camp, such as England-based defender Jonathan Spector, who is expected to be released by West Ham for the latter stages of the tournament.
Michael Bradley, however, is not expected to join the team for the qualifying tournament -- from which the semifinal winners qualify for next summer's Olympic Games in China -- because of his starting role with his Dutch club Heerenveen.
Besides Adu and Feilhaber, players in camp with full national team caps are Eddie Gaven, Sacha Kljestan, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu, Kamani Hill, Charlie Davies, Sal Zizzo and Robbie Findley.
Seven players in camp play their ball with foreign clubs: Adu, Feilhaber, Davies, Hill, Zizzo, goalkeeper Tony Hall and Michael Orozco.
After opening with Cuba, the U.S. faces Panama on March 13 and Honduras on March 15. The first two finishers in the group will face the top two teams from Group B, which comprises Canada, Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico.
The U.S. failed to qualify for the 2004 Olympics when it lost to Mexico in the semifinals of the qualifying tournament in Mexico.
If the U.S. qualifies for the 2008 Games, Coach Nowak will be able add three over-age "wild-card" players.