Jim Curtin

Takeaways from Jim Curtin's media call: 2/16/17

Ayuk called up to Cameroon U-20 National Team

In his media call today, Head Coach Jim Curtin broke the news that Eric Ayuk was called up to the U-20 Cameroon National Team for the U-20 African Cup of Nations for the team's match against Sudan. In the group stage, Cameroon will face South Africa and Senegal in addition to Sudan. Ayuk has previously played with the U-20 team in a African Cup of Nations qualifier against Zimbabwe. 

​Onyewu earning his starting spot

With Josh Yaro out for the next three-to-four months, there is a hole in the back line for someone to fill. Onyewu seems to be the guy who is going to be in the center back role with Richie Marquez. The two have been paid together in the team's scrimmages before the start of the preseason and will be playing along side each other once again when the team takes on Tampa Bay in the Union's first official preseason game.

"We're going to put the best pair out there to help us get the win," Curtin said. "Right now, (Onyewu) has separated himself as a starter. He's been very good in the games and worked very hard."

Bedoya, Medunjanin gaining chemistry on and off the field

During the team's scrimmage against Orlando City, Curtin really liked using Medunjanin as a six and Bedoya as an eight, and will be looking to do the same in upcoming preseason games. But that's not the only time the two are spending together. Bedoya and Medunjanin are rooming together down in Clearwater, Fla., and are developing chemistry together, which is already starting to pay dividends. Curtin wants to continue that trend and hopes the chemistry continues to grow. 

"They played well together," Curtin said. "I roomed them together on the trip so there's more familiarity and you can tell on the field they like each other. Really good players that recognize other really good players. It's early, but that's a good partnership with them there."

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