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Nowak named as U.S. U-23 assistant coach

U.S. Soccer has named Peter Nowak the assistant coach of the U.S. U-23 men's national team, effective immediately. The 42-year-old Nowak, who coached D.C. United to an MLS Cup title in 2004, is being reunited with U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley, having captained the Chicago Fire for five years from 1998-2002 while Bradley served as head coach.

"I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to work with Peter again. There is a great level of trust and understanding between us," said Bradley.

In addition to his duties of helping prepare the U.S. team for Olympic qualifying for the 2008 Beijing games, Nowak will assist Bradley with the full national team, beginning Jan. 4 in Carson, Calif.

A former captain of the Polish national team, Nowak made 24 international appearances for Poland, scoring three career goals. He was named Poland's Player of the Year in 1996 and served as captain of the national squad for three years.