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U-23 MNT Faces El Salvador on Monday With Semifinal Spot on the Line


U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team
2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
Group A at LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
March 25, 2012

U.S. U-23 MNT WRAPS UP GROUP STAGE VS. EL SALVADOR: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team looks to rebound from Saturday’s loss to Canada when it wraps up Group A play in 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying against El Salvador at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, March 26, at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The match will be televised live on the Universal Sports Network, mun2 and CONCACAF.com. Fans also can follow the game via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. The USA is in third place (three points) in the group stage following a 2-0 loss to Canada at LP Field, with Canada and El Salvador atop Group A with four points apiece.

EYES ON SEMIFINAL POSITION : The U.S. U-23s hold their destiny in their own hands, as a victory against El Salvador on Monday would guarantee a spot in the tournament semifinals. Canada is in a strong position to advance heading into Monday’s game against Group A’s last-place Cuba team, needing a win or a draw to guarantee a semifinal spot. The USA also could advance to the semifinals with a draw against El Salvador if Canada loses against Cuba. In that scenario, the U.S. and Canada would be tied on points, but the USA holds the advantage in goal differential. The top two teams from Group A and B advance to the semifinals in Kansas City which will be played on March 31 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The semifinal winners will join the 16-team field for the 2012 London Olympics.

U.S. U-23 MNT 2012 Schedule/Results

Date

Opponent

Result/

Time (ET)

U.S. Goalscorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 29

Mexico

2-0 W

Agudelo, Diskerud

FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Mar. 22*

Cuba

6-0 W

Corona (3), Agudelo, own goal, Adu

LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.

Mar. 24*

Canada

0-2 L

LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.

Mar. 26*

El Salvador

9 p.m.

Universal / mun2 / CONCACAF.com

LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.

*CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying

Group A Standings and Schedule – CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

El Salvador

2

1

0

1

4

0

+4

4

Canada

2

1

0

1

2

0

+2

4

United States

2

1

1

0

6

2

+4

3

Cuba

2

0

2

0

0

10

-10

0

Thursday, March 22
Canada 0, El Salvador 0
USA 6, Cuba 0

Saturday, March 24
El Salvador 4, Cuba 0
Canada 2, USA 0

Monday, March 26
Canada vs. Cuba, 5:30 p.m. ET (Universal Sports Network/mun2/CONCACAF.com)
USA vs. El Salvador , 8 p.m. ET (Universal Sports Network/mun2/CONCACAF.com)

Final Stage (Kansas City, Kan.; LIVESTRONG Sporting Park)
Saturday, March 31
Semifinal: Group B Winner vs. Group A Runner-Up*^, 6 p.m. ET (Telemundo/CONCACAF.com)
Semifinal: Group A Winner vs. Group B Runner-Up*^, 9 p.m. ET; (NBC Sports Network**/Telemundo/CONCACAF.com)

Monday, April 2
Championship Game, 8 p.m. ET (Universal Sports Network/Telemundo/CONCACAF.com)

*Note: Should USA finish as Group A runner-up, semifinal games will switch start times
^Semifinal winners advance to 2012 Olympic Games in London
**NBC Sports Network televising semifinal if USA reaches that stage

U.S. U-23 ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Bill Hamid (D.C. United; Annandale, Va.), 18-Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; Lilburn, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes; Durham, N.C.), 3-Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo; Huber Heights, Ohio), 4-Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), 5-Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact; Lancaster, Pa.), 13-Jorge Villafaña (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), 19-Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union; Boston, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Jared Jeffrey (Mainz; Richardson, Texas), 7-Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union; Potomac, Md.), 8-Mix Diskerud (Gent; Oslo, Norway), 10-Joe Corona (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), 16-Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), 20-Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): 11-Brek Shea (FC Dallas; Bryan, Texas), 12-Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City; Prior Lake, Minn.), 14-Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), 15-Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund; Berlin, Germany), 17-Tony Taylor (Estoril Praia; Jacksonville, Fla.)

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