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U.S. paired with Canada, Cuba, Panama in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying draw

CONCACAF

By RYAN TOLMICH

The U.S. Men’s Olympic Team now knows the path towards Olympic qualification.

In Tuesday’s draw, the U.S. was matched with Cuba, Canada and Panama in Group A of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying.

The U.S. will be looking to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since 2008 after missing out on the 2012 games due to a third-place group stage finish behind El Salvador and Canada.

To kick off qualifying, the U.S. will start off against Canada on October 1 at Sporting Park, while the matches against Cuba and Panama will occur on October 3 and 6 at Sporting Park and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, respectively.

CONCACAF Olympic qualifying awards two-and-a-half spots to the Olympics, with the finalists advancing directly to next summer’s games in Rio de Janeiro while the tournament’s third-place team will meet Colombia in a one-game playoff.

Here is a closer look at the complete schedule for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying group stages:

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

What do you think of the U.S. draw? Who do you see as favorites?

Share your thoughts below.

13 comments
  • slowleftarm

    Couldn’t have asked for an easier group. Still going to have win the first knockout game though.

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    • GW

      That is what Caleb Porter probably said the last time out.

      We all saw what happened next.

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  • Kev

    Nice, the first knockout game is on October 10th, which we should be there.

    That is going to be a hell of a day of soccer. Hopefully, the game will be televised.

    Crap, I forgot Olympic qualifying was in October. This will effect the full squad selection for Mexico.

    Certainly makes things interesting.

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    • Keith

      Really we are only talking about JAB and Yedlin. Both will be included in the full side for Mexico.

      I wonder if we see any U-20’s called up. Players like Rubin, CCV, Hyndman, Miazga and Zelalem(If Rangers will release him) could make a push for the qualifying roster.

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      • Jake

        Morris maybe too in terms of a guy who might be on the full team?

        I’d say he’s better used with the U-23s. But I’m not the coach.

        We should definitely see a few U-20s called up. I’d expect 3-4 of the 5 you mention plus Steffen (depending on his club).

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      • Beto

        i would expect a lot of the U20 WC team to be on this roster, all depending on how many outside of the USA & Mexico get called in. The first two group games are outside of a FIFA break so would AH negotiate some players like Rubin and Green to arrive early, or do they arrive for the last group stage game and the ko rounds? if its the later, it would probably be a more MLS/LigaMX heavy roster.

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  • Danko

    Who is the coach? Is it Ramos? Let’s hope JK doesnt make this tournament a priority like the Gold Cup or it will be 3 misses in a row. Also, aren’t we allowed one overage player for this? If so, I wonder who that would be?

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    • Tim S

      I believe we are allowed three overage players for the Olympics themselves, but not during qualifying. At least that is how it has been in the past.

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    • Eurosnob

      Yes, it is the same date, because the CONCACAF geniuses moved the game to the same data as the Olympic Qualifiers. A better approach would be to move the game to late October after the Olympic qualifiers are over. But one positive is that Mexico is still without a coach.

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