Olympic failures show structural issues for US Soccer, MLS
United States' Sebastian Soto reacts at the end of a Concacaf Men's Olympic qualifying championship semi-final soccer match against Honduras in Guadalajara, Mexico, Sunday, March 28, 2021. Lalas maintains the burden to improve the Olympic effort lies with Kreis, senior national team coach Gregg Berhalter and U.S. men’s national team general manager Brian McBride. FIFA regulations say clubs don’t have to release players for Olympic qualifying or the Olympics. FIFA restricts Olympic qualifying to players 23 and under. AdNone of Honduras’ players on the roster for last week’s national team exhibition against Greece were Olympic age eligible.
US men lose to Honduras, miss 3rd straight Olympic soccer
Another missed Olympics soccer tournament for the U.S. men. AdThe American Olympic skid is part of a trend that includes the senior national team missing the 2018 World Cup. Olympic men's soccer is limited to players both Jan. 1, 1997, and later, and clubs don't have to release players. Johnny Cardoso mis-hit an open header in second-half stoppage time. “I think the first half looked a lot like the Dominican Republic first half,” Kreis said.
Mexico beats US 1-0 in men's Olympic soccer qualifying
Now comes the winner-take-all semifinal Sunday night against Honduras or Canada for a trip to the men’s Olympic soccer tournament. Mexico, the 2012 Olympic champion, won its 14th straight Olympic qualifier dating to 2008 and finished first in Group A at 3-0. Ad“We wanted to win the game to be at the top of our group,” American defender Mauricio Pineda said. In the first game of the doubleheader, Costa Rica routed the Dominican Republic 5-0 in a matchup of eliminated teams. Randall Leal of Major League Soccer’s Nashville scored twice, and Manfred Ugalde, Bernald Alfaro and Aaron Salazar had one goal each.