After falling to Honduras in Olympic qualifying, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National team knew it would have to qualify for the Olympics the hard way. Now, the team knows exactly what that way will require.
CONCACAF confirmed on Monday that the playoff between the U.S. and Colombia will be contested in a home-and-away series that will see each team play one game on home soil.
After participating in a draw, Colombia will host the opening leg of the series, with the U.S. hosting the decisive second leg at a venue yet to be determined.
The exact date of the two games are set to be revealed at a later date, but the games must be completed by March of 2016. The winner will advance to the Olympic games, which are set to be held between August 3-20.
After falling to Honduras in the semifinals of Olympic qualifying, the U.S. defeated Canada, 2-0, in the competition’s third place game. That victory booked the U.S. a date with Colombia, who claimed second place at the 2015 South American Youth Championship.
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