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Williams, Okugo, Berry and Edu show off their men's college hoops selections

Just because we love soccer here at Philadelphia Union doesn’t mean we don’t get swept up in the frenzy that is March Madness.

For the next three weeks, the players, coaches and front office will be keeping an eye on the games and their pools and it’s a battle for selection supremacy and bragging rights.

Four players specifically feel they have a good shot to win it all. Coincidentally, three of the four came from institutions that have teams in the college basketball spectacular. Check out the four players and click on the image of their bracket to see their picks and also where you stack up in comparison.

First up is Sheanon Williams. Williams, who played his college soccer at North Carolina has the Tarheels through the first round before getting knocked off by Iowa State in the second round.

It should be noted that in his elder statesmen role on the club, Williams, 24, is the keeper of pool amongst the players. He also isn’t sure about how far he has Wisconsin going, because he, “consistently gets behind them and they consistently let me down every year. Check out Sheanon’s complete bracket.

Next up is Amobi Okugo.

Amobi is a UCLA product, but isn’t on the bandwagon with his former alma mater saying that the Bruins will only get as far as the Sweet Sixteen before bowing out (or down) to Florida.

Austin Berry is next and the Louisville product has his Cardinals going all the way, beating Florida in the final.

He wouldn’t admit whether or not it was just wishful thinking, but expect the Union defender plans to have a puffy chest in the month of April if it in fact this does occur.

Last but not least, Maurice Edu...

Mo, who hails from Maryland won’t have a chance to root for the Terps in the tourney this season, but he was chosen to take part because we were told “his college basketball picking skills are way strong.”

Like Berry, Edu has Louisville in the final with Florida, but has the Gators celebrating a national title.

Where do you think you match up? Do you have similar brackets? Snap an image of your bracket and send it to us with the hashtag #UBracket and we’ll see where you rank among our four experts.

You can watch these guys in action this Saturday when focus shifts towards another Eastern Conference opponent in a trip to Columbus at Crew Stadium (6 p.m., The Comcast Network).

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