Dynamo's Ashe to represent US

May 13, 2008 10:52:56 AM PDT
Dynamo midfielder Corey Ashe was among 22 players named by the U.S.under-23 men's national team head coach Peter Nowak to the U.S. squad for the Toulon international Tournament in Toulon, France, later this month. Ashe and his U.S. teammates will arrive in Toulon on May 15, and Group B play in the tournament will include U.S. games May 21 against Turkey, May 23 against the Côte d'Ivoire, and May 25 against Italy. Group A includes France, Chile, the Netherlands and Japan. The semifinals will be held May 27, and the third-place match and championship will take place May 29.

"This tournament will give us an opportunity to have a look at some players we have had in previous camps, and also a look at the new faces," said Nowak. "We don't want to be short-sighted with our selection for the Olympics. We want a whole picture that includes a variety of players, and to make sure we see every option before we make final choices."

Ashe, 22, represented the United States at the FIFA U-17 World Championships in 2003 but will be making his first appearance with the U-23 team. Ashe appeared in 22 regular season games for Houston last year, notching four assists.

"It is a huge honor to represent your country," Ashe said. "It would be awesome to go to the Olympics; it is something you dream about as a kid."

The tournament is a warm-up for several teams that will compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

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