Can Najar convert United teammates?
Last week, the announcement of Andy Najar’s inclusion on theHonduran Olympic roster elicited a show of pride from all around D.C.United’s locker room.
But this week, the news is creating a dilemma of sorts forthe club’s players: Can Najar’s teammates– many of them American – root for a regional rival at the upcoming Olympics?
“Mmmmmm, not necessarily,” Brandon McDonald said with alaugh when asked about cheering for Honduras earlier this week. “But I will root for Andy. I wish himwell and hope he does really well.”
“Of course,” countered defender Robbie Russell. “Whenever you have someone you know ona team it makes all the difference in terms of rooting. [I’m] sad to say we don’t have an Americanteam representing, but I wish Andy all the best.”
Najar’s Honduran side will face Morocco (7/26), Spain (7/29)and Japan (8/1) in Group D play. The top two sides from the four-team group will advance to the Olympic tournament's elimination rounds, which run from August 4 through the Gold Medal match onAugust 11.
Russell, who often teams with Najar on the right side ofUnited’s formation, has little doubt that the 19-year-old will maximize this once-in-a-lifetimeopportunity.
“I hope he has a lot of success,” Russell continued. “Because this is a great chance forpeople to see him and see what he is capable of. I think they have a good team.”