Corrales, 2000
History of Metro at the Olympics
August 21, 2008

For the first time since MLS's inception, no current Metros were present at the Olympic Games. Of course, three former Metros did suit up for the US. So let's go back on the Olympic timeline and revisit every Metro to have ever played in the Games, be it before, during, or after their Metro tenure. A couple of years ago, we did the same with the World Cup.

So let's start with the Seoul Olympics in 1988, when Metro and MLS were years before conception. The US tied two games, lost one, and departed. That team featured two-thirds of Metro's future Three Tenors, Tab Ramos and Peter Vermes, as well as Brian Bliss. As an interesting sidenote, the champion Soviet Union (remember them?) had a player named Igor Sklyarov, who almost became a Metro in 2001, if not for reasons shrouded in Sakiewiczian mystery.

Four future Metros were on the US roster in Barcelona in 1992: Manny Lagos, Claudio Reyna, Alexi Lalas, and Chris Henderson, although the latter did not play. Lagos scored in a 3:1 win against Kuwait. And even though the US went 1-1-1 in group play, tying eventual silver medalist Poland, that was not enough to get them into the second round. Starring for the Poles was none other than Andrzej Juskowiak, whose seven goals led all scorers in the tournament. One of our favorite ex-Metros, Rhett Harty, lost a spot on the US roster with a late injury.

MLS started in 1996, and the US Olympic team has four CURRENT Metros on it: Damian Silvera, Miles Joseph, A.J. Wood, and Zach Thornton (Thornton did not play due to the overage call-up of Kasey Keller). But the quartet was just the beginning Metro bounty (another 1-1-1 record, another group exit for the US). Eight of the 18 US players had Metro ties at some point of their career; the future Metros were overage players Lalas and Reyna (who scored against Argentina... yes, that's right, Reyna scored an actual goal back in the day), as well as Billy Walsh (the lone collegian on the team, he didn't play) and Eddie Pope. Coaching the team was none other than Bruce Arena. But the future Metro contingent in 1996 did not end with the US, as Ghana was led by overage player Joe Addo.

   
Altidore, 2008
In 2000 in Sydney, the US finally made it out of the group (be it with a 1-0-2 record), and then beat Japan in the quarterfinals before falling to Spain in the semis and settling for fourth. Two current Metros were on that team: Ramiro Corrales and Tim Howard (overage Brad Friedel kept Timmy from the field in what still annoys us to this day). Also playing were future Metros Joey DiGiamarino and the overage Jeff Agoos.

The US failed to make the Athens Olympics in 2004, but a current Metro did make it. Pablo Brenes not only played for Costa Rica, but scored a goal against Portugal that gave the Ticos enough goal difference to push them into the second round. His Olympic tally is exactly one goal more than what he scored for Metro.

Finally, in this year's Beijing games, we saw three former Metros take the field for the US (wake us up if you heard this: 1-1-1, first round exit). The three, of course, were Michael Bradley, Marvell Wynne, and Jozy Alidtore. Altidore scored against the Netherlands to put the US up 2:1 late in the match, but... you know the rest. And what exactly did we get for Bradley and Wynne? Hmmmm.

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