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Interview with Amobi Okugo on the ASN Union page

My Union-reporting colleagues at ASN landed a great interview with 18-year-old Amobi Okugo. My favorite quotes after the jump:

You played under Coach Hackworth heading into the Residency Program in 2007, what do you think about Coach Hackworth and reuniting with him as a player?

I have nothing but good things to say about Coach Hack. Him bringing me into residency was one of the most integral parts into me developing as a player I’m really excited to work with him again

How do you feel about heading into an expansion atmosphere in Philadelphia?

To play for a new and upcoming team in such a fanatical sports city like Philadelphia is such a dream come true. In America, soccer isn’t that popular but in Philly, you would never know that. I am really excited for our team to make an immediate impact in Major League Soccer.

The youth national team connection maintained by both John Hackworth and Peter Nowak is a huge asset for this team, and it paid off remarkably in the Superdraft. I would not be surprised to see it pay off even more down the line, and maybe even in the form of a surprise signing from the upcoming second round of the open tryouts (which I reported on herehere, and here).

  1. OrionPax
    January 20, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Yeah I remember the last “youth genius” coach that everyone was excited with when he drafted several of his US national youth camp players…



  2. K.M. Morris
    January 20, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Ha, yeah, thanks for reminding me of Ellinger’s experiment. Don’t you think there’s a big difference between Ellinger and Nowak here though? Nowak has years of experience in the league including an MLS cup AND on top of that his time with U-23s. Ellinger just had his college and U-17 experience.

  3. OrionPax
    January 20, 2010 at 2:29 am

    True, Nowak has far more playing experience and pro experience. But Ellinger at the time had been the grand puba of the US youth academy for years. Landon Donovan, Gooch, Beasley, Howard…these were all his kids. Not sure why he focused on getting winners like Besagno and Watson, but he did.

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