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Ike Opara's big comeback

Ike Opara's return gives the U.S U-23 team a boost ahead of Olympic qualifying

Updated: March 21, 2012, 2:30 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- As the San Jose Earthquakes completed what appeared to be a rather routine prematch practice, Ike Opara was having flashbacks. He wasn't thinking about the two foot fractures he has suffered in the past 19 months, the countless hours of rehab or the time spent pondering whether he would ever play again. All that would come later. In this moment, his memories were of the happy variety, when pain-free training sessions such as this one were the norm and not the exception.

"It's ...

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