U-23 trio

Williams, McInerney, Okugo conclude U-23 camp

When Philadelphia Union's 2011 season came to a close, three members of the club headed straight for international duty with the U-23 U.S. Men's National Team.

Forward Jack McInerney, midfielder Amobi Okugo, and defender Sheanon Williams participated in the ten-day camp in Germany, which included four exhibition matches.

In the first match on November 11, a 3-1 victory against Bundesliga 2 side VfL Bochum, both Amobi Okugo and Sheanon Williams played 90 minutes, each registering an assist.

In the 42nd minute, Mixx Diskerud played a well-timed ball over the top for a streaking Williams. The Union right back crossed for Terrence Boyd, who knocked home a tap-in from close range to tie the game at 1-1. (Highlight at 0:19 mark in the video at the bottom of this article.)

In the 81st minute, Okugo, who wore the captain’s armband in each of the two games he played, slotted a ball to Tony Taylor on the right side of the box before the forward drilled a left-footed shot into the bottom corner from 18 yards out. (Highlight at 1:26 here.)

In the second match of the day, a U.S. squad comprised mostly of U-20 players played to a scoreless draw against Azerbaijan. Mcinerney entered the match as a sub in the 64th minute for Omar Salgado, the top pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

Four days later, the U-23's finished their camp with two matches against Bayer Leverkusen. Williams and Okugo each played 90 minutes again in a 1-1 draw, before McInerney started in the second contest of the day, a 3-0 loss.

All three players will hope to earn another call for Olympic qualifying in March.

Union assistant coach and goalkeeper coordinator Rob Vartughian served as a member of the coaching staff appointed by U-23 head coach Caleb Porter for the training camp.

WATCH: Chicago's Sean Johnson, Okugo on 3-1 win vs. Bochum

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