U.S. MNT Advance to Semifinal Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying With 9-0 Aggregate Score Against Barbados
The U.S. will now prepare for their first match of the Semifinal Round, which will be on the road against Guatemala on Aug. 20. Overall, the U.S. will play a total of six games in the round-robin Semifinal Round, facing all three opponents in the four-team group home and away. The top two teams will advance to the Final Round hexagonal that will be played in 2009.
Along with the U.S. and Guatemala, Cuba advanced to the Semifinal Round group with an 8-3 aggregate score against Antigua & Barbuda, including a 4-0 victory this afternoon. Also advancing was Trinidad & Tobago, who defeated Bermuda 2-0 in the second leg for a 3-2 aggregate score. Guatemala advanced with a 9-1 aggregate score againt St. Lucia.
After heading to Guatemala, the U.S. will travel to Cuba on Sept. 6 and then host either Trinidad & Tobago in Chicago on Sept. 10. The second half of the round-robin play will begin against Cuba at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11, before moving to Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15 and finishing in Denver against Guatemala on Nov. 19.
“For the series we feel good about the work we've done,” said U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley. “This was an opportunity to use different players and it is important to get some young players experience. We had the confidence that we were strong enough defensively that we would hold together to get the win."
Lewis, wearing the captain’s armband as he earned his 19th World Cup qualifying appearance, struck the game-winning goal in the 21st minute. After some nifty dribbling in the midfield, Freddy Adu, who earned his first World Cup qualifying start, spotted Lewis slicing behind the Barbados defense and slipped a nicely weighted through ball between two defenders directly into his path. Charging into the area, Lewis spotted the ‘keeper closing in and calmly slotted his shot through Alvin Rouse’s legs to the far right corner.
With a thumping 8-0 win in the first leg against Barbados, Bradley made seven changes to his starting line-up in Bridgetown, fielding a youthful side. The only remaining players that started last week were goalkeeper Brad Guzan, defender Heath Pearce and midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Bradley.
In total, seven players made their first appearance in a World Cup qualifier, including four in the starting line-up: Jay DeMerit, Sacha Kljestan, Drew Moor and Danny Szetela. In the second half, Bradley used all three his substitutions on the trio of Chicago Fire players – Chris Rolfe, John Thorrington and Chad Barrett – getting them their first taste of World Cup qualifying.
The teams spent the first quarter hour feeling each other out under the blistering sun in Bridgetown, with the U.S. maintaining most of the possession while forcing the hosts to chase the game. The U.S. also had the majority of the chances on goal, with Kljestan getting a great chance in the 18th minute when he nodded a Heath Pearce cross towards goal, but it was deflected away by Ramuel Miller. Pearce had a scoring opportunity of his own in the 36th minute when he was sent through, but his strike was wide left.
Barbados played much better compared to the first leg and came alive in the final five minutes of the fist half, getting their first real chance in the 41st minute when a flick-on header by Mark McCammon found Jonathan Nurse just inside the box. Nurse cut to his left and let go a low left-footed drive, only to have Drew Moor make a sliding block to avert the danger.
The second half started at a slower pace as the heat continued to take its toll, but Barbados was still pushing into the attack and had their best chance of the match to pull even in the 57th minute. Midfielder and captain Paul Ifill sent a long ball to the top of the penalty area where McCammon deftly chested the ball into the path of a streaking Rommelle Burgess, who ripped a one-timer from nine yards out that clanged off the crossbar.
The U.S. pushed forward in the second half looking to put the game out of reach, but couldn’t find the final pass. In the 74th minute, Moor pushed his way up the right side and beat a defender to get into the penalty area, but his tempting cross along the six-yard box didn’t find anyone.
Ifill, who plays at Crystal Palace in England, was the best player on the field for Barbados. In the 85th minute, he started the final chance for his country switching the point of attack from left to right with a long pass to Rondell Vaughan. The substitute sent a ball high into the penalty area where McCammon and Guzan collided allowing the ball to fall to John Parris who finished it into the net, but McCammon was called offside to nullify the goal.
In the final moments of the game, Barrett and Bradley both had opportunities but both of their chances were off target.
U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report
Match-up: USA vs. Barbados
Date: June 22, 2008
Competition: FIFA World Cup qualifier
Venue: Kensington Oval - Bridgetown, Barbados
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Weather: Sunny and warm, 85 degrees
1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
BRB 0 0 0
USA – Eddie Lewis (Freddy Adu) 21st minute.
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Drew Moor, 15-Jay DeMerit, 2-Danny Califf, 11-Heath Pearce; 10-Sacha Kljestan, 12-Michael Bradley, 8-Danny Szetela (14-Chris Rolfe, 66), 7-Eddie Lewis (capt.); 16-Freddy Adu (13-Chad Barrett, 86), 17-DaMarcus Beasley (12-John Thorrington, 79)
Subs not used: 1-Chris Seitz, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 9-Brek Shea
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
BRB: 1-Alvin Rouse, 5-Bryan Neblett, 6-Jonathan Straker, 7-Paul Ifill (capt.), 9-Marc McCammon, 11-Jonathan Nurse (12-Malcolm Marshall, 81), 13-Riviere Williams (8-Rondell Vaughan, 68), 14-Ramuel Miller, 15-Emerson Boyce, 16-Barry Skeete, 17-John Parris
Subs not used: 18-Adrian Chase, 2-Dyson James, 3-Daryl Ferguson, 4-Gregg Belle, 10-Arantes Lawrence
Head Coach: Eyre Sealy
Shots 9 3
Shots on goal 1 0
Saves 0 0
Corner Kicks 2 3
Fouls 11 7
Offside 5 4
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
1st Asst.: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
2nd Asst.: Hairo Fuentes (PAN)
Fourth Official: Luis Rodriguez (PAN)
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Eddie Lewis
Following the U.S. MNT’s 8-0 victory against Barbados on June 15, Bradley opted to release 10 players, and the current squad has been in southern Florida preparing for this Sunday’s game. The team travels to Barbados on Friday following training. Tim Howard continues to rehabilitate a lower back sprain suffered prior to the Barbados match, while Eddie Johnson has been ruled out due to illness.
“We understand that we need to have a maturity about us to go and finish the job,” said Bradley. “We also have the chance to give some different players an opportunity in World Cup qualifying, which we believe will keep us fresh and sharp."
The roster still retains a core of experienced players, with two-time World Cup veteran Eddie Lewis leading the way with 79 caps. Lewis had an assist in last Sunday’s victory, and is the only player on the roster to have played in Barbados – he was part of the team in 2000 that traveled to the island needing a win to advance to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying.
Not far behind Lewis is midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, who has appeared in 76 games for the U.S. The Glasgow Rangers winger is slowly working himself back into game shape following a lengthy layoff from injury, and has appeared in the last four games for his country. U.S. team captain Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu have also been retained. Onyewu, who scored in back-to-back games against Mexico and Poland earlier this year, leads the U.S. in 2008 in minutes played (482).
In all, there are eight players on the roster who saw time in last weekend’s game. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan went 90 minutes en route to keeping a clean sheet in his first World Cup qualifying experience, while defender Heath Pearce had an assist and midfielder Michael Bradley chipped in with his second career goal for the United States. The 20-year-old is coming off one of the most prolific seasons ever for a U.S. player in Europe, recording 20 goals in all competitions and helping earn Heerenveen a place in the UEFA Cup.
Six players on the roster – Freddy Adu, Chad Barrett, Dominic Cervi, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan and Chris Seitz - were part of the Under-23 team that helped the U.S book a ticket to Beijing by reaching the finals of the CONCACAF Qualifying tournament in March. Bradley and Danny Szetela are also age eligible for the U-23 tournament in the Olympics. Szetela is coming off a successful loan spell at Serie B outfit Brescia, and has one cap to his name, having appeared in last year’s 1-0 victory against Switzerland on Oct. 17, 2007 in Basel, in which he helped set up the goal.
The U.S. is pursuing qualification for its sixth-consecutive FIFA World Cup, and is coming off the most successful qualifying campaign in team history. During the last cycle, the U.S. compiled a 12-2-4 record over 18 matches with 10 shutouts, scoring 35 goals, while allowing just 11. The U.S. finished undefeated at home during the qualifying campaign, going 8-0-1, with all eight victories coming by shutout. In the seventh match of the final round hexagonal, goals by Steve Ralston and DaMarcus Beasley gave the U.S. a 2-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 3, 2005, marking the first time since 1934 that the U.S. was the first team from the CONCACAF region to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
** Note: Brek Shea was added to the roster late Friday.
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Barbados
FIFA World Cup Qualifier
June 22, 2008
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Birthdate||Caps / Goals||Hometown||Club|
|Adu, Freddy||M||5'8"||140||06/02/89||8/0||Potomac, Md.||SL Benfica (Portugal|
|Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'8"||145||05/24/82||76/15||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)|
|Barrett, Chad||F||5'11"||180||04/30/85||0/0||Beaverton, Ore.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0"||170||05/25/79||58/9||Alta Loma, Calif.||Out of Contract|
|Bradley, Michael||M||6'2"||175||07/31/87||20/2||Cedar Grove, N.J.||SC Heerenveen (Holland)|
|Califf, Danny||D||6'1"||175||03/17/80||19/1||Orange, Calif.||FC Midtjylland (Denmark)|
|Cervi, Dominic||GK||6'6"||205||07/09/86||0/0||Norman, Okla.||Out of Contract|
|DeMerit, Jay||D||6'0"||185||12/04/79||8/0||Green Bay, Wis.||Watford FC (England)|
|Guzan, Brad||GK||6'4"||210||09/09/84||8/0||Homer Glen, Ill.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Kljestan, Sacha||M||6'1"||150||09/09/85||6/0||Huntington Beach, Calif.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Lewis, Eddie||M||5'10"||155||05/17/74||79/9||Cerritos, Calif.||Derby County (England)|
|Moor, Drew||D||6'0"||170||01/15/84||4/0||Dallas, Texas||FC Dallas (MLS)|
|Onyewu, Oguchi||D||6'4"||210||05/13/82||34/4||Olney, Md.||Standard de Liege (Belgium)|
|Pearce, Heath||D||5'10"||175||08/13/84||15/0||Modesto, Calif.||Hansa Rostock (Germany)|
|Rolfe, Chris||F||5'8"||145||01/17/83||7/0||Kettering, Ohio||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Seitz, Chris||GK||6'4"||210||03/02/87||0/0||San Luis Obispo, Calif.||Real Salt Lake (MLS)|
|Shea, Brek||F||6'3"||180||02/20/90||0/0||College Station, Texas||FC Dallas (MLS)|
|Szetela, Danny||M||5'11"||172||06/07/87||1/0||Clifton, N.J.||Brescia (Italy)|
|Thorrington, John||M||5'8"||150||10/17/79||1/0||Palos Verdes, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (out of contract: 0/0), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA: 1/1 SO), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake: 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract: 12/1), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland: 1/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC: 0/0), Drew Moor (FC Dallas: 0/0) Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 8/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 1/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 15/4), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen: 1/1), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 0/0), Eddie Lewis (Derby County: 18/2), Danny Szetela (Brescia: 0/0), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire: 0/0)
FORWARDS (3): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica: 1/0), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire: 0/0), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire: 0/0)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 23, 2008) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team fell to Honduras, 1-0, in overtime of the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Final. Both teams, by virtue of winning their respective semifinal games, had already qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The Honduras goal, scored by George Wilson Welcome in the 103nd minute, was the just the second goal allowed by the U.S. during five games in qualifying, and the first goal since the opening half of their match against Cuba, a streak of 421 minutes.
Thursday night’s victory over Canada clinched the USA’s 13th trip to the Olympic Games on the men’s side. The 2008 Beijing Olympics will be played from Aug. 6-23 in five venues, and will mark the USA’s first trip to the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament since 2000, when the team advanced to the medal round and finished in fourth place.
“I congratulated our players in the locker room for their effort,” said U.S. head coach Peter Nowak. “It was a very difficult tournament for us and for both teams in terms of knowing how you’re supposed to prepare yourself from game to game. As we said, we work on the spirit and the team mentality and it worked pretty well. We’re happy to be going to the Olympic Games and sometimes for the players it’s just, they’re relieved to get it all behind them and looking forward to getting some MLS games." (More quotes)
Overall, the U.S. finished the tournament with a 3-1-1 record, allowing just two goals in five games while scoring six. Freddy Adu, who was named to the Best XI by the CONCACAF Technical Committee on Saturday, led all goalscorers with four tallies in three games played. Maurice Edu, Dax McCarty and Michael Orozco were also named to the Best XI, while midfielder Sacha Kljestan earned Honorable Mention.
Against Honduras, the U.S. was without the services of four European-based players where allowed to return to their club teams for weekend matches. Along with Adu, Charlie Davies, Jonathan Spector and Sal Zizzo made their way back across the pond on Friday.
With just 16 players to choose from, Nowak once again made a number changes to his lineup, keeping Edu, McCarty and Jozy Altidore on the bench to start the match. Edu would come on in the 26th minute to replace an injured Hunter Freeman, while Altidore would come on in the 80th minute as the U.S. looked for the game-winner.
Despite the changes, the U.S. was the more dominant team throughout the match and outshot Honduras 23-9, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Stuart Holden, Robbie Findley and Eddie Gaven were at the center of most of the U.S. opportunities in the first half, with Holden creating the first chance of the game in just the third minute. Getting free down the right flank, Holden swung in a cross, but the Honduras defense was up to the task, as it was all night, and cleared the ball out of danger.
The U.S. started to pepper the Honduras goal early, but it was Holden who was able to put the first shot on goal for the U.S. in the 27th minute. Four minutes later, Findley got free down the right side and crossed a ball into the box for forward Chad Barrett, but his header went just over the crossbar.
In the 33rd minute, the U.S. created possibly the best chance for either team in the first half when Gaven collected the ball in midfield and pushed forward. The Columbus Crew midfielder fed the ball to Robbie Findley, who was able to avoid a tackle and slip the ball to Edu inside the box. Edu unleashed a shot that looked destined for the lower right corner, but Honduras goalkeeper Kevin Hernandez was able to push it wide.
The U.S. had the first dangerous opportunity of the second half less than a minute after the whistle, when Barrett laid the ball off for Gaven., who found Holden in the box. Holden touched the ball back for Kljestan, but his hard shot was blocked by the head of Erick Norales and cleared away.
Despite the Americans controlling most of the match, Honduras almost took the lead in the 53rd minute when U.S. goalkeeper Dominic Cervi came off his line for a through ball, beating the attacker but giving up a rebound. Luis Alfredo Lopez jumped on the loose ball and took a shot to the near post, but it was saved off the line by defender Pat Ianni. Marvin Sanchez pounced on the ensuing rebound, putting his shot toward the far post, but it went out for a corner.
The U.S. had a fantastic opportunity to take the lead in the 71st minute when Barrett received the ball on the right wing and played it in for Findley, who headed the ball down on goal, but it bounced up and hit the cross bar before being touched out of bounds by Marvin Sanchez.
With the temperatures continuing to drop on a cool evening in Nashville, the teams moved into overtime to decide the Final and it was Honduras that took advantage. In the 103rd minute of the first overtime, Welcome produced a great individual effort that would eventually allow Honduras to raise the trophy on the field after the match. Sitting near the top of the penalty area, he received a ball from the left flank, touched it around Orozco and uncorked a driving shot into the upper right corner from 22 yards out.
The U.S. and Honduras join 13 other teams who have already entered the 16-team tournament, with one spot still up for grabs for a team from Africa. The draw for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament will take place on April 20 in Beijing.
- U.S. UNDER-23 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT -
Match-up: USA vs. Honduras
Competition: 2008 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Final
Venue: LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
Date: March 23, 2008
Weather: 55 degrees, breezy
1 2 1OT 2OT F
USA 0 0 0 0 0
HON 0 0 1 0 1
HON – Georgie Wilson Welcome (Marvin Sanchez) 103rd minute
USA: 18-Dominic Cervi; 15-Kamani Hill, 3-Michael Orozco, 4-Pat Ianni, 13-Hunter Freeman (6-Maurice Edu, 26); 7-Stuart Holden (2-Marvell Wynne, 89), 16-Sacha Kljestan (capt.), 5-Nathan Sturgis, 20-Eddie Gaven; 19-Chad Barrett (12-Jozy Altidore, 80), 14-Robbie Findley
Subs not used: 1-Chris Seitz, 10-Dax McCarty
Head Coach: Peter Nowak
HON: 1-Kevin Hernandez; 2-Quiarol Arzu, 3-David Alejandro Molina, 5-Erick Norales (capt.), 6-Luis Alfredo Lopez (18-Jose Cesar Guity, 69), 7-Rigoberto Padilla, 8-Irvin Reyna, 10-Ramon Nunez (13-Arnol Solorzano, 115), 16-Marvin Sanchez, 21-Oscar Morales (14-Misael Ruiz, 43), 24-George Wilson Welcome
Subs not used: 9-Jefferson Bernardez, 15-Mario Martinez, 17-Daniel Alvarez, 22-Levon Smith
Head Coach: Alexis Mendoza
USA / HON
Shots on Goal: 6/3
Corner Kicks: 9/4
HON – David Alejandro Molina (caution) 20th minute
HON – Marvin Sanchez (caution) 45+.
USA – Stuart Holden (caution) 68.
HON - Misael Ruiz (caution) 83.
USA – Marvell Wynne (caution) 119.
USA – Patrick Ianni (caution) 120.
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
1st Asst.: William Torres (SLV)
2nd Asst.: Leonel Leal (CRC)
4th Official: Jose Guerrero (NCA)
Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Stuart Holden
Olympic Qualifying Notes
March 22, 2008
ONE MORE TO GO: With a berth to the 2008 Beijing Olympics already secured by both teams, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will face Honduras in the final of 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying on Sunday, March 23 at 4 p.m. CT at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.. Fans can catch the match live on Fox Soccer Channel and ESPN Deportes, or following on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
ONE FOR BEIJING: The U.S and Honduras booked their tickets to Beijing by winning their semifinal matches against Canada and Guatemala, respectively. Two goals from Freddy Adu and one from Sacha Kljestan led the way to a 3-0 win for the Americans over Canada. In the other semifinal, Honduras and Guatemala had fans on the edge of their seats, advancing to overtime before deciding the outcome in the seventh round of a penalty kick shootout.
• The U.S. will play in its 13th Men’s Olympic Football Tournament from Aug. 6-24, 2008. The mark is a CONCACAF record.
• Honduras’ only previous trip to the Olympics came in 2000, where they also qualified along with the United States.
• In the USA’s last trip to the Olympics in 2000, they advanced to the medal round, finishing in fourth place.
• The U.S. and Honduras met eight days ago in the final game of Group A play. The U.S. picked up a 1-0 victory to take the top spot in the group.
• Four players have left the U.S. team to return to their European clubs. Freddy Adu, Charlie Davies, Jonathan Spector and Sal Zizzo flew out of Nashville on Friday to return to Portugal, Sweden, England and Germany, respectively.
• Midfielder Sacha Kljestan leads the team in minutes with 315 throughout the first three games, coming on as a second-half substitute against Cuba and playing every minute since.
• Kljestan, Eddie Gaven and Dax McCarty are the only players on the U.S. roster to have appeared in all four games.
• Adu, who will not be available for Sunday’s final, leads the tournament with four goals scored in three games played.
• The U.S. arrived in Nashville on Sunday and have been guests of the Tennessee Titans at their training facility leading up to the game.
• The Men’s National Team played Morocco in a World Cup tune-up on May 3, 2006, falling 1-0 in front of over 26,000 people at LP Field (then known simply as the Coliseum). The U.S. women also played Canada there in 2004, winning 1-0 on a goal by Heather Mitts.
STINGY DEFENSE: Both the U.S. and Honduras have given up only one goal in four games of qualifying. The United States hasn’t given up a goal in 318 minutes of play, with their last blemish coming in the first half of their first game against Cuba. The lone goal against Honduras came against the United States in the final game of Group A, with Eddie Gaven hitting a penalty kick in the second-half stoppage time of last Saturday’s game.
TWENTY IN FOUR: Head coach Peter Nowak has used all 20 players on his roster, including both keepers, in their run through Group A and the semifinal. Defenders Michael Orozco and Jonathan Spector, and midfielder Freddy Adu have earned their first caps with the Under-23s during the tournament, while goalkeeper Dominic Cervi made his first start at any national team level against Panama.
OLYMPIC VISION: Following Thursday night’s game, the U.S. coaches and players talked about the path to qualifying, accomplishing their biggest goal and the possibility of being an Olympian in exclusive post-game interviews with ussoccer.com. For video, click here and for a quote sheet, click here.
FINAL DOUBLEHEADER: Before the USA’s match against Honduras, Canada and Guatemala will meet in Sunday’s third-place match, beginning at 1 p.m. CT at LP Field. The game will be shown live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com, and will be played on a one-hour delay on Fox Soccer Channel. Along with ESPN Deportes, ESPN360.com is also showing the full schedule of games live online, and the online provider will have a replay of each game available on demand for 48-hours following its completion. The winner of the third-place game will represent CONCACAF should either the United States or Honduras become unable to participate in the Olympic Games this summer.
Sunday, March 23
Matchup Time Location Television
Canada vs. Guatemala 1 p.m. CT LP Field (Nashville, Tenn.) ESPN Deportes, FSC (delayed)
USA vs. Honduras 4 p.m. CT LP Field (Nashville, Tenn.) ESPN Deportes, FSC
QUALIFYING OVERVIEW: The first 14 games of 2008 Men’s Olympic Qualifying have provided plenty of excitement from Los Angeles, Tampa and Nashville. Here’s a look at the path to the final doubleheader.
2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying
Group A Final Results/Standings
Team GP W L T Pts. GF GA GD
USA 3 2 0 1 7 3 1 +2
HON 3 2 1 0 6 3 1 +2
PAN 3 1 2 0 3 4 2 +2
CUB 3 0 2 1 1 2 7 -5
Tuesday, March 11
Honduras 1, Panama 0
USA 1, Cuba 1
Wednesday, March 13
Honduras 2, Cuba 0
USA 1, Panama 0
Friday, March 15
Panama 4, Cuba 1
USA 1, Honduras 0
Group B Final Results/Standings
Team GP W L T Pts. GF GA GD
GUA 3 2 1 0 6 3 6 -3
CAN 3 1 1 1 4 7 3 +4
MEX 3 1 1 1 4 7 4 +3
HAI 3 1 2 0 3 3 7 -4
Wednesday, March 12
Guatemala 1, Haiti 0
Mexico 1, Canada 1
Friday, March 14
Haiti 2, Canada 1
Guatemala 2, Mexico 1
Sunday, March 16
Canada 5, Guatemala 0
Mexico 5, Haiti 1
Thursday, March 20
Honduras 0, Guatemala 0 (6:5 in PKs)
USA 3, Canada 0
WE MEET AGAIN: Honduras will have a chance for redemption on Sunday, after falling to the U.S., 1-0, on March 15 in the final game of Group A play. In that match, which was for the group title, the U.S. got an injury time penalty kick from Eddie Gaven in the 95th minute for the victory.
Honduras Under-23 Men’s National Team Olympic Qualifying Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kevin Hernandez (CD Victoria), Obed Enamorado (CD Vida), Levon Smitt (Arsenal)
DEFENDERS (6): Quiarol Arzu (CD Platense), David Alejandro Molina (CD Motagua), Erick Norales (CD Marathon), Rigoberto Padilla (Hispano), Vicente Hipolito Solorzano (Deportiva Savio), Misael Ruiz (CD Platense),
MIDFIELDERS (8): Irvin Reyna (CD Olimpia), Ramon Nunez (CD Olimpia), Mario Martinez (Real CD Espana), Marvin Sanchez (CD Platense), Daniel Alvarez (CD Marathon), Hendry Thomas (CD Olimpia), Oscar Morales (Real CD Espana), Georgie Wilson Welcome (no club)
FORWARDS (3): Luis Alfredo Lopez (CD Marathon), Jefferson Bernardez (CD Motagua), Jose Cesar Guity (CD Marathon),
TICKETS STILL ON SALE: Tickets are still available for the remaining four matches of 2008 Olympic Qualifying. Tickets priced from $18 to $65 for each doubleheader ($25 to $70 on day of game) and are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 615-255-9600 and at all Nashville Ticketmaster ticket centers.
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