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.