CONCACAF releases Olympic qualifying schedule; USA to open against Cuba

CONCACAF releases Olympic qualifying schedule; USA to open against Cuba

U.S. Men's Olympic Team

CONCACAF releases Olympic qualifying schedule; USA to open against Cuba

U.S. Soccer Federation

The United States Under-23 national team found out who it would play during the group stage of Olympic qualifying earlier in the week, and now it knows when it will play each of its opponents.

The U.S. team will open qualifying against Cuba on March 22, followed by a meeting with Canada two days later and a final group game against El Salvador on March 26. All of the games will take place at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.

Group A, which contains the United States, and Group B will alternate matchdays leading up to the March 31 semifinals at Livestrong Sporting Park. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals, where the two winners will clinch places at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Here is the full schedule for CONCACAF Olympic qualifying:

CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

GROUP A (LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.)

Thursday, March 22

El Salvador vs. Canada, 6:30 p.m.
United States vs. Cuba, 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 24

Cuba vs. El Salvador, 4:30 p.m.
United States vs. Canada, 7 p.m.

Monday, March 26

Canada vs. Cuba, 6:30 p.m.
United States vs. El Salvador, 9 p.m.

GROUP B (Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.)

Friday, March 23

Honduras vs. Panama, 9 p.m.
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico, 11:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 25

Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4:30 p.m. 
Mexico vs. Honduras, 7 p.m. 

Tuesday, March 27

Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 9 p.m.
Mexico vs. Panama, 11:30 p.m.

SEMIFINALS (Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.)

Saturday, March 31

Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up, 6 p.m. 
Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up, 9 p.m. 

CHAMPIONSHIP (Livestrong Sporting Park)

Monday, April 2

Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.

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