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CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying: USA vs. Canada (SBI Live Commentary)



The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team’s run to the Olympic games begins tonight.

Following the frustration of the previous cycle’s failures, the U.S. returns to qualifying Thursday night against Canada in the opening game of the group stages (9pm, NBC Universo).

Led by a talented group of U-20s, the U.S. boasts a lineup anchored by the midfield duo of Wil Trapp and Fatai Alashe. Up top, Jordan Morris is set to provide the firepower ahead of Jerome Kiesewetter, while Matt Miazga and Cameron Carter-Vickers reunite in central defense following a successful U-20 World Cup run.

SBI will be providing live commentary on all of tonight’s action so feel free to follow along with us. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (tonight’s commentary is after the jump):

Live Blog CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying: USA vs. Canada (SBI Live Commentary)



  1. Perhaps without much time together the plan was just to dump it long and let J & J and work possession as the tournament progresses. At least I hope so.

  2. I just watched the second half. Oh, please, can anyone tell me, honestly, that the US played better in the first half than in the second? They looked pretty bad just about the whole second half. If it is possible to play very poorly and win by two goals, the US just did that. Canada must have had 60% of the possession, the US passing was terrible, Morris scored his second on a long ball over the top (old style US play) and then they scored late on a pk. And the Canadian goal was due to about as bad defense as possible. Leave an opponent on the near post without anyone closer than 3 feet? What were they thinking? The only good news is that Cuba and Panama drew, so if the US beats Panama, worst case is all they need is a draw with Panama to go through. After watching this game, it’s hard to believe that, except for Morris, who was one of the best players, the rest of the team are professionals. I’ve seen better college teams. And Zelalem, when I was watching, was a turn over machine.

    • The team lacks any real width. It’s pretty much 7 center midfielders out there but we kind of knew that going in. It’s going to take a little time to build chemistry. They did seem too willing to knock it forward when they could have kept possession. With that said it wasn’t like Canada had a bunch of chances.

  3. Not a bad start. I feel like should of kept the ball more tho . We seemed a little too willing to knock it forward. However i can also see why you want to get it quickly to Morris.


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