Andy Najar and Olympic qualifying

In news that is no surprise to anyone, there are reports out of Honduras that their national team coach wants to call Andy Najar in for Olympic qualifying. However, Luis Fernado Suarez notes that if the club will not let Najar come, then there is nothing he can do. Olympic qualifying is March 22 through April 2 and Honduras is in the same group as Mexico, Panama, and Trinidad & Tobago. If United were to let Najar go, he would miss two games: at Vancouver and versus FC Dallas.

However, I feel like there are reasons that United should let Andy Najar go for Olympic qualifying, even though they don’t have to. First, they are likely to let Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen go and play for the United States; to not let the player of another country go doesn’t sit right. Also, this is a real international tournament, not just some friendlies. If Andy wants to go, he should be allowed to go. Besides, United wants to keep a good relationship with one of its best young players. My gut feeling is that, in the end, United will let all the players called by their U-23 teams to go and participate, and I think that that is the right thing to do. What do you all think?

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