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

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

U.S. Men's Olympic Team

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

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