Mexico to honor Olympic gold medal team prior to U.S. friendly at Azteca

Mexico to honor Olympic gold medal team prior to U.S. friendly at Azteca

U.S. Men's National Team

Mexico to honor Olympic gold medal team prior to U.S. friendly at Azteca

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If Terrence Boyd, Sean Johnson, Joe Corona or Brek Shea needed a reminder of what they potentially missed out on by not getting a chance to compete in the Olympics, they will get as close a look as they will possibly want.

Mexico will honor its Olympic gold medal winning team at halftime of the U.S. men's national team's friendly against El Tri in a ceremony at Estadio Azteca Wednesday night, according to the Mexican federation. Mexico captured its first Olympic gold medal by defeating Brazil 2-1 to add to the country's recent accolades on the international level.

Boyd, Johnson, Corona and Shea are the four players on the current U.S. roster who participated in the futile U.S. Olympic qualifying effort. Jurgen Klinsmann addressed the Mexican Olympic victory in his comments to the media Sunday, putting it in context and perspective for the generation of U.S. players who did not get a chance to compete on that stage. 

"After the disappointment of the Olympics, we told these players that your path will be much tougher than you thought it would be because you’re missing out on one of the biggest opportunities of your lifetime – an Olympics," Klinsmann said. "For these kids watching Mexico win the gold medal brought them some tears possibly. What we also told them was when you fall down, you’ve got to get back up and fight your way back."

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