Olympic men's qualifying deciders headed to Utah

Four U.S. cities will host the 2015 Concacaf Olympic men's qualifying championship Oct. 1-13. The semifinals and final will be held at Rio Tinto Stadium, home of Real Salt Lake, in Sandy, Utah.

Three other MLS venues -- Colorado's Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Sporting Kansas City's Sporting Park and the LA Galaxy's StubHub Center will serve as hosts for group stage matches.

The USA, Canada and Mexico will be joined by three nations from the Central American region and two from the Caribbean. Qualifiers in those regions are scheduled for August. The draw for the championship is scheduled for mid-August, and will set the complete tournament schedule and kickoff times.

The eight qualified nations will be divided into two groups of four. The USA is seeded in Group A, which kicks off at Sporting Park on Oct. 1. Defending champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Mexico will head Group B, set to begin play the next day at StubHub Center.

Kansas City and Los Angeles will also stage the second round of group matches on Oct. 3-4, while Dick's Sporting Goods Park hosts all eight teams for the final games of the group phase on Oct. 6-7.

The top two finishers in each group after round-robin play will advance to the semifinals. The two finalists qualify directly for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, while the winner of the third-place match will face South American Olympic qualifying runner-up Colombia in a playoff for an additional spot.
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