31 March, 2012

Mexico and Honduras qualify

The CONCACAF representatives for the London 2012 Olympic Games are Mexico and Honduras. Mexico soundly defeated Canada 3-1 at LiveStrong Park in Kansas City today, with goals by Marco Fabian, Alan Pulido and American-Mexican Miguel Ponce (born in Sacramento, CA, and a U.S. citizen). Canada's goal was scored by Marcus Haber on a header from a Philippe Davies cross.

The more interesting match was Honduras and surprise opponent El Salvador. Honduras took the lead in the first minute on a goal by Antony Lozano, but El Salvador tied the game in the 77th minute with a goal by Milton Molina to send the game into overtime. But that is when things got really crazy.

26 March, 2012


With a little help from Cuba, the United States had a great shot to win the Olympic Qualifying group. All we had to do was win against El Salvador in the group finale from Nashville.

Canada failed to defeat Cuba, who entered the game in Nashville with a -10 goal differential with 0 goals scored and 10 against in two previous matches, a 6-0 loss to the United States and a 4-0 loss to El Salvador. Evan James gave Canada a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute, and Canada looked to clinch the group with a win. But, Cuba goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper saved every subsequent shot on goal to prevent Canada from increasing their lead, and then, Maykel Reyes headed in a Dayron Blanco free kick in the 91st minute. Amazingly, Cuba tied Canada 1-1 with their first goal of the tournament coming in injury time of the final game. Canada finishes with 5 points, with a win over the United States and a draw against El Salvador and Cuba. Canada will be in second place in the group no matter what, and will play Mexico in the all-or-nothing semifinals. A win over El Salvador gives first place to the USA.

US faces elimination

The CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament was specifically designed so that the United States and Mexico would win their respective groups, meet in the final, and qualify for London 2012 as the two finalists.

Well, that's out.

Although the United States defeated Cuba 6-0 in their opening match, Juan Agudelo was lost for the remainder of the tournment with a torn meniscus. Then, on Saturday, the USA's chances to qualify for London 2012 took a serious hit as Canada defeated the United States 2-0. Now, with a win tonight over El Salvador in Nashville, the United States will come in second in the group (assuming Canada beats Cuba, a 4-0 loser to El Salvador on Saturday). That means the USA plays against group winners Mexico in the semifinals, with the two finalists qualifying for London.

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