Written by Reshad Bahadori

Philadelphia Union midfielder Amobi Okugo was kind enough to give the world a look into his pad. First and foremost let’s all acknowledge how humble and cool this guy is. This is not your average episode of cribs featuring Master P, this is better. I would also like to point out that Amobi and I have the exact same fridge. Nothing to apologize for my friend. You and I are just ballers on a budget. Although you have a Brita filter…I don’t. Keep up the good work sir and best of luck the rest of the season.

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

At this point you probably already know more than you need to about the U.S. Men’s U23 team. But what you probably didn’t know is that Andrew Luck is driving the U.S. Soccer bandwagon. Check out the picture (above) of him rocking the Team USA shirt during his NFL Pro Day.

A little history on Luck’s affinity for futbol: His dad Oliver was named president of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo in 2005. So his support makes sense. I’m digging it, and I’m also encouraged by the enthusiasm and confidence from the U23 squad. Peep the tweets below:

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Written by Jahmal Corner

On Thursday, U.S. Soccer announced the roster for the final U23 national team training camp before CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying begins in March. Head coach Caleb Porter called in 23 players for one last look before he decides on the 20 players who could potentially help his family book a vacation in London this summer.

But let’s cut through the bullsh*%. Twenty-three players is fluff, and we don’t do fluff. Here’s a rundown of the top five (okay, so I cheated and went with six) players called into Porter’s final training camp.

  1. Brek Shea – He’s free-spirited and a Texan (everything is bigger there, even skill) and is perfect for Caleb Porter’s system. His tireless work rate and charging runs are tailor-made for Porter’s 4-3-3 flowing, possession-heavy attack.
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  3. Amobi Okugo – This team hinges on Okugo. He is the point guard of the team. He makes sure the superstars get their touches, but is also capable of ramming the ball down your throat if you don’t respect his game. So don’t test him.
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  5. Juan Agudelo – The New York Red Bulls forward is an explosive option on the wings, but also a capable player as the target forward. The question about this youngster is whether he’s fully fit from the injury he suffered last month.
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  7. Bill Hamid – Given how fragile the defense has looked with this group, the goalkeeper will be very important to the success of the team. Hamid offers a little bit more than Sean Johnson in terms of organizing the defense, so he gets the nod.
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  9. Joe Gyau/Terrence Boyd – Both players are based in Germany and close to breaking through with their respective first teams. Gyau is more of a winger, where there appears to be a considerable amount of depth on this team. Boyd fills a void as a point man, and if he can outplay Bunbury at this camp, he could find himself seeing more time on the pitch.

 

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