USMNT in Olympic Qualifying

USMNT in Olympic Qualifying

On August 18th the CONCACAF group stage parings of national teams for the the upcoming Olympic qualifying games in Rio de Janeiro was announced.

The U.S Men’s Olympic team was matched with Canada, Cuba and Panama in Group A.

The U.S. is looking to better its 2011 campaign when they finished in third-place behind El Salvador and Canada. The last time the U.S. Men’s soccer team participated at an Olympic tournament was in the Olympics hosted in Beijing in 2008.

The U.S. will start off against Canada on October the 1st at Sporting Park. The next matches will take place on October the 3rd against Cuba at Sporting Park and October 6th against Panama at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

The CONCACAF region is granted two-and-a-half berths into the Olympics. This means that the two finalists are automatically qualified while the third place will face off against Colombia in a one-game playoff.

Here is the complete break down of the group and the games with their respective dates:

GROUP A

October 1 (Sporting Park)

Panama vs. Cuba

U.S. vs. Canada

October 3 (Sporting Park)

Canada vs. Panama

Cuba vs. U.S.

October 6 (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park)

Canada vs. Cuba

U.S. vs. Panama

GROUP B

October 2 ( StubHub Center)

Honduras vs. Haiti

Mexico vs. TBD

October 4 (StubHub Center)

TBD vs. Honduras

Haiti vs. Mexico

October 7 ( Dick’s Sporting Goods)

TBD vs. Haiti

Mexico vs. Honduras

KNOCKOUT STAGES

October 10 (Rio Tinto Stadium)

Winner Group A vs. Runner-Up Group B

Winner Group B vs. Runner-Up Group A

October 13 (Rio Tinto Stadium)

Loser Semifinal 1 vs. Loser Semifinal 2

Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2

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