Olympics: Adin Brown on end of dream

Highly rated goalie Adin Brown will miss the Olympics because of continuing injury problems. Brown, who attracted the attention of European scouts for his play during Olympic qualifying, suffered the latest injury in practice with the Colorado Rapids on August 23, when he hurt the hip flexor while in the midst of attempting to come back from a quadriceps injury which he had suffered approximately one month earlier. The latest setback continues an injury-laden season for the goalkeeper, who last played in an MLS game on June 24. Brown (4-7-1 with a 2.04 goals against average in MLS) underwent successful, arthroscopic knee surgery to clean up his right meniscus on June 30, the surgery coming as a result of wear and tear on the knee. The William & Mary product would then suffer the right quadriceps injury on July 26, when he was hurt while chasing down a ball five minutes into an exhibition game, which was his first appearance in a game situation since the knee surgery. Speculation on Brown's replacement centers around U.S. national team goalie Brad Friedel. Friedel, who started for the United States in the 1992 Olympics, is currently without a team, though he is rumored to be close to signing with Blackburn Rovers of the English First Division. Friedel might be added as the third overage player if, as expected, Chicago Fire midfielder Chris Armas is also dropped because of injuries. Armas' replacement is expected to be Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Sasha Victorine. Adin Brown: "I spoke with Clive (Charles) and Mooch (Glenn Myernick) yesterday on the phone and found out the decision was final. Obviously I was disappointed, but I definitely agree with the decision. You can not take an injured player to a competition as big as the Olympics." "It's been a very tough year as far as injuries, and this just topped it off. I just hope I can learn from the experience and that it will make me a better player down the road." "Until the most recent injury, I had been starting to feel pretty good again and training hard. I was really hoping to get back with the Rapids and be ready for the Olympics, but when I had the setback last week, I pretty much realized the Olympics were not going to happen for me." "I think it's the dream of many young kids to play in the Olympics, and to be that close and then have it taken away from you is tough, there's no way of sugar-coating it. I just need to keep working hard and maybe by the next Olympics, I can put my self in position to be chosen as an over-age player and still be able to fulfill that dream." "It's definitely frustrating, you don't know how many years you have as a player, but hopefully I'll have a long career and plenty of good experiences ahead of me. Hey, I just feel lucky to be a professional soccer player. I get paid to play soccer every day, how tough is that? Reminding myself of that helps me keep things in perspective and get over the disappointment." "It will be tough to have to stay behind, especially after being with the group for three years. But I'll be watching and my heart will be with them, and hopefully they can have a great performance and bring back a medal." "All I can do is look forward, concentrate on getting healthy and back to playing well. Hopefully there will be other big competitions for me, so I just need to concentrate on the Rapids, and obviously my goals are to get into the full National Team and to play in a World Cup down the road."
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