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July 24, 2008
McCarty replaces Sturgis on Olympic team

FC Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty has been added to the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team after defender Nathan Sturgis was ruled out of the Summer Games with an injured hamstring.

McCarty will join the team in Palo Alto, Calif. Thursday before they depart to Hong Kong for the ING Cup Friday afternoon.

McCarty was a key part of the squad’s successful run through Olympic qualifying in March, performing in four games, starting three matches and playing 270 minutes. He played the full 90 in the team’s semifinal win against Canada, which clinched a place in Bejing and was one of four Americans named to the tournament Best XI

“I’ve always thought that the Olympics were one of the biggest sporting events in the world, and like many kids, I dreamt of one day playing in such a tournament,” McCarty said. “It’s obviously not the ideal way to be called up – you never wish injury upon anyone. But it is still an honor.

“The initial shock of learning that I will be an Olympian was unbelievable. It’s an honor, and I was speechless when I found out. I just want to help the team out anyway possible and hopefully help us win a medal.”

Sturgis re-aggravated his right hamstring, an injury suffered several weeks ago while playing for Real Salt Lake. Kansas City Wizards defender Michael Harrington will be added to the alternate list.

The U.S. has been drawn into Group B and will open against Japan Aug. 7 before facing the Netherlands Aug. 10, with both games taking place at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Tianjin. The team will travel to Worker’s Stadium in Beijing to conclude group play against 1996 gold medalist and 2005 Under-20 World Cup champion Nigeria Aug. 13.

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