[OLYMPICS COUNTDOWN] Mexico tuned up for the Concacaf Under-23 Championship with a 2-1 win over Senegal thanks to two first-half penalty kicks by American-born
Miguel Ponce in a friendly played Saturday at San Francisco's AT&T Park. Canada, which will face the USA in Group A, beat Trinidad & Tobago, 1-0, on
Friday, thanks to a goal by Montreal Impact rookie Evan James. El Salvador, which will also meet in the USA in Nashville, Tenn., lost to Honduras, 2-0, on goal
by Ever Alvarado and Eddie Hernandez in Houston.
The Mexico-Senegal game drew an announced crowd of 21,816 as part of a doubleheader with the San Jose-Houston MLS game.
Like the USA, Mexico has several national team regulars -- Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos and Carlos Vela -- who will not be with the U-23s for qualifying.
Senegal is preparing for a playoff with the winner of the Asian playoff for a berth in the finals.
In the win over T&T, Canada coach Tony Fonseca said he was pleased with the play of a pair of MLS rookies, Bryce Alderson (Vancouver) and Babayele Sodade (Seattle).
Trinidad & Tobago has been training in Florida, where it beat the Honduras 5 Stars, 4-1, and lost to the NASL Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 4-1.
T&T will be without Khaleem Hyland, who was not released by his Belgian club Genk, and Mekeil Williams, who plays in Poland, was having trouble getting a visa to enter the United States.
The Houston-El Salvador game drew an estimated 23,000 fans at Robertson Stadium, the former home of the Houston Dynamo. Honduras was without Andy Najar, who will join the team in Los Angeles. He played Sunday for D.C. United in its 3-1 loss to the Galaxy.
Panama, which will compete in Group B with Honduras, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago at the Home Depot Center, will leave for Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Coach Julio Cesar Dely Valdes has called in FC Dallas defender Carlos Rodriguez, one of seven foreign-based players.
GROUP B PRELIMINARY ROSTERS:
Goalkeepers -- Jose Mendoza (Platense), Francisco Reyes (Olimpia)
Defenders -- Wilmer Crisanto (Victoria), Hilder Colon (Real Espana), Jhony Leveron (Motagua), Jose Velasquez Colon (Victoria), Orlin Peralta (Vida), Ever Alvarado (Real Espana)
Midfielders -- Alfredo Mejia (Motagua), Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Arnold Peralta (Vida), Wilmer Fuentes (Marathon), Alex Lopez (Olimpia), Mario Martinez (Real Espana), Gerson Rodas (Real Espana), Andy Najar (D.C. United)
Forwards -- Romell Quioto (Vida), Roger Rojas (Olimpia), Anthony Lozano (Alcoyano/SPA), Eddie Hernandez (BK Hacken/SWE)
Goalkeepers --Liborio Sanchez (Queretaro), Antonio Rodriguez (Veracruz), Hugo Gonzalez (Club America).
Defenders -- Israel Jimenez (Tigres), Hiram Mier (Monterrey), Nestor Araujo (Cruz Azul), Hugo Rodriguez (Atlas), Diego Reyes (Club America), Darvin Chavez (Monterrey).
Midfielders -- Miguel Ponce (Guadalajara), Jorge Enriquez (Guadalajara), David Cabrera (UNAM), Javier Cortes (UNAM), Hector Herrera (Pachuca), Javier Aquino (Cruz Azul).
Forwards -- Nestor Calderon (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Guadalajara), Jeronimo Amione (Atlante), Alan Pulido (Tigres), Erick Torres (Guadalajara).
Goalkeepers -- Luis Mejia (Fenix/URU), Alex Rodriguez (Sporting SM)
Defenders -- Alberto Quezada (Chepo FC), Carlos Rodriguez (FC Dallas), Edward Benitez (Sporting SM), Harold Cummings (River Plate/URU), Sergio Thompson (Sporting SM), Roderick Miller (San Francisco FC), Rolando Algandona (San Francisco FC)
Midfielder -- Erick Davis (Fenix/URU), Javier Cedeo (Alianza FC), Anibal Godoy (Godoy Cruz/ARG), Juan De Gracia (Chepo FC), Marcos Sanchez (Tauro FC), Roderick Paul (Arabe Unido), Manuel Asprilla (Tigres/MEX)
Forwards -- Cecilio Waterman (Fenix/URU), Yairo Glaize Yau (Sporting SM), Amir Waithe (San Francisco FC), Victor Barrera (Titan de Texistepeque/SLV)
Trinidad & Tobago:
Goalkeepers -- Andre Marchan (North East Stars), Sheldon Clarke (Defence Force).
Defenders -- Daneil Cyrus (1st Santa Rosa FC), Joevin Jones (W Connection), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Sheldon Bateau (San Juan Jabloteh), Nuru Abdullah Mohammad (Caledonia AIA), Leslie Russell (San Juan Jabloteh), (St. Ann's Rangers), Aquil Selby (Caledonia AIA), Kareem Moses (St. Ann's Rangers), Mekeil Wiliams (Pogon Szczecin/POL).
Midfielders -- Micah Lewis (Caledonia AIA), Jean-Luc Rochford (North East Stars), Jomal Williams (W Connection), Jeromie Williams (North East Stars), Jayson Joseph (T&TEC FC), Marcus Joseph (T&TEC FC), Kevan George (Columbus Crew), Kevin Molino (Orlando City), Sean De Silva (College of Charleston).
Forwards -- Shahdon Winchester (W Connection), Jamal Gay (Caledonia AIA), Kaydion Gabriel (North East Stars), Trevin Caesar (Caledonia AIA), Cameron Roget (St. Ann's Rangers), Cordell Cato (Seattle Sounders).