CHICAGO (March 3, 2008) -- The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team’s road through 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel, the tournament’s exclusive English-language provider. Fox Soccer Channel will show a total of seven qualifying matches, including all three of the USA’s first-round matches, semifinals, third-place and championship match.
All three U.S. matches in Group A will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., with the U.S. taking on Cuba on March 11 at 8 p.m. ET, Panama on March 13 at 8 p.m. ET and Honduras on March 15 at 7 p.m. ET. Group B features Canada, Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico facing off on March 12, 14 and 16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The top two teams from Group A and B will move on to the semifinals in Nashville, Tenn., where the winners will earn berths to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Fox Soccer Channel will broadcast both semifinal games on March 20 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET, along with the third-place match at 2 p.m. ET and final at 5 p.m. ET on March 23 at LP Field.
As announced last week, ESPN Deportes will broadcast all 16 matches of the tournament as the exclusive Spanish-language rights holders. Along with ESPN Deportes, ESPN360.com will also show all 16 games live online, and will have a replay of each game available on demand for 48-hours following its completion.
U.S. Under-23 MNT head coach Peter Nowak has invited 24 players to participate in the team’s final training camp, which kicked off on March 1 in Bradenton, Fla. The final 20-player roster may include players not in the Bradenton training camp, and will be announced prior to the team’s arrival in Tampa on March 9.
Tickets priced from $18 to $65 for each of the eight doubleheaders in the tournament are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 813-287-8844 (Tampa), 213-480-3232 (Los Angeles) or 615-255-9600 (Nashville) and at local Ticketmaster ticket centers in the venue cities (Tampa | Los Angeles | Nashville).
2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying
U.S. Under-23 Broadcast Schedule
|Tuesday, March 11||United States vs. Cuba||8 p.m.||Fox Soccer Channel|
|Thursday, March 13||United States vs. Panama||8 p.m.||Fox Soccer Channel|
|Saturday, March 15||United States vs. Honduras||7 p.m.||Fox Soccer Channel|
|Thursday, March 20||Semifinal #1||6 p.m.||Fox Soccer Channel|
|Thursday, March 20||Semifinal #2||9 p.m.||Fox Soccer Channel|
|Sunday, March 23||Third Place Match||3 p.m.||Fox Soccer Channel|
|Sunday, March 23||Final||5 p.m.||Fox Soccer Channel|