Daily news roundups

Okugo makes U.S. U-20 roster, other morning news

Philadelphia Union midfielder Amobi Okugo has made the U.S. U-20 team that will compete in the Dallas Cup beginning March 28 against Mexico. The team reports to Dallas on March 25, so if there’s no MLS strike, Okugo may be late arriving.

The U.S. national team has added a final World Cup tune-up against Australia at 8:30 a.m. on June 5 just outside Johannesburg, one week before the World  Cup starts. The match will be televised on ESPN2.

Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz sits down for an extended television interview on “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle.” Here’s the first of the three-part video:

David Beckham faces six months of recovery after undergoing surgery on his left Achilles’ tendon, which was “totally torn,” the Associated Press reports. Grant Wahl also weighs in on why it’s a “sad day for soccer,”and you know what? He’s right. No matter how much Beckham annoyed some of us when he first came to the Los Angeles Galaxy, the guy truly dedicated himself to representing his country (and eventually stepped up for the Galaxy), and you have to respect that.

Seattle Sounders midfielder Freddie Ljungberg uses his ESPN column to lay out the players’ view on Major League Soccer’s labor dispute.

AEG, the company that owns the Galaxy, is the first to speak out publicly about a potential MLS strike in this Los Angeles Times article.

American striker Herculez Gomez scored in his fifth straight game down south for Mexico. FYI, the Union could’ve picked him in the expansion draft, though it did seem clear he had his eyes set on Mexico. Now that he’s finally getting the chance to play striker again, could he play his way onto the national team?

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