Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
El Salvador's U-23s could pose test
by Paul Kennedy, December 6th, 2011 11:47PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  canada, olympics

MOST COMMENTED

[SCOUTING REPORT] The USA will face Canada, Cuba and El Salvador in Group A of the Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament March 22-26 in Nashville, Tenn. The top two teams in the group will advance to the semifinals, which will decide the two Concacaf berths to the London Olympics men's soccer competition.

The four teams in Group B are Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago. They will play at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The semifinals (March 31) and final (April 2) will be played at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

The USA will attempt to qualify for the Olympics for the 14th time. Since 1980 and the Olympic boycott, it has played in every tournament except the 2004 finals.

U.S. under-23 national team coach Caleb Porter will hold a training camp Dec. 15-23 in Sarasota, Fla.

Here's a look at the USA's three Group A opponents:

EL SALVADOR. The Salvadorans, who won their Central American qualifying group with victories over Panama and Guatemala, could pose the USA's toughest competition in group play. They feature a nucleus of players from the young team that reached the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup. Defender Moises Garcia and midfielders Jaime Alas and Andres Flores played all four games at the Gold Cup. Lester Blanco, who also played at the Gold Cup, had both goals in the 2-1 win over Guatemala in under-23 qualifying. Garcia and Elman Rivas scored against Panama.

CANADA. Three defenders who played in Canada's final World Cup 2014 qualifier of the year against St. Kitts & Nevis -- Nana Attakora of the San Jose Earthquakes, former Toronto FC teammate Ashtone Morgan and Adam Straith of Germany club Energie Cottbus -- form a core with which Canada will build upon for its bid to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since 1984. Two 19-year-olds, Matt Stinson of Toronto FC and Joseph Di Chiara of Russian club Krylia Sovetov Samara, were also called up during Canada's World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign in the fall. It held Mexico to a 1-1 tie four years ago, eliminating the heavily favored Tri in group play, but its bid to qualify for the Beijing Olympics ended with a 3-0 loss to the USA in the semifinals.

CUBA. The Cubans won the Caribbean qualifying tournament, finishing ahead of Trinidad & Tobago, St. Kitts & Nevis and Suriname. Dalain Aira's late goal gave Cuba a 1-1 tie with Suriname in the final game to clinch a berth in the final round of qualifying. Cuba's U-23s finished last in their group at the Pan American Games in October. Aira is part of a Cuban attack that also includes Heviel Cordoves and Maikel Chang. Four years ago, Cuba advanced to the Olympic qualifying tournament but was crippled by the defection of seven players. Cuba has not played in the Olympics since it took the USA's spot at the 1980 Moscow Games.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Twenty for Canada 2015: France's Louisa Necib    
France's Women's World Cup hopes received a boost on Friday when star Louisa Necib played her ...
USL Weekend: Floods leave Austin stadium under water    
Bad weather that hit the Southwest caused havoc around the USL. The game between the Austin ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos break open spring race    
The New York Cosmos opened up a six-point lead in the NASL's spring standings with a ...
Video Pick: Own goals don't come sadder than this     
Pavel Krmas, a 35-year-old Czech defender playing in his 151st and final game for Freiburg, scored ...
What They're Saying: Christie Rampone    
"I didn't get an email or a phone call. I'm so old that I got a ...
Key games on tap in Europe this week     
The title winners in Europe's major leagues have been decided, but there are still plenty of ...
Europe in a Nutshell: Curtain comes down on 2014-15 season     
The earth as Leo Messi's soccer ball. Clubs say farewell. And a rough week for Lazio. ...
What They're Saying: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez    
"We didn't talk about spirituality. We talked about dollars and cents, and where it could get ...
ICYMI | MLS: Form counts for nothing; Wondo gets 100    
Do not ever think of betting money on MLS games as form counts for nothing as ...
U.S. Abroad: Bornstein adds new chapter to legend    
Jonathan Bornstein is writing one of the great stories in the history of Americans abroad. No ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives