U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team
The primary goal of the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is qualification for the quadrennial Olympic Games.
Previously open to senior national teams, Olympic men’s soccer was restricted to the Under-23 age group beginning with the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Since that time, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team has participated in four of the six editions of the Summer Olympics – missing out on the tournament in 2004 and 2012 – and earning a team-best, fourth-place finish in 2000.
The talent pool continues to grow deeper and more experienced with each passing cycle as U.S. players establish their professional careers at earlier ages and the net is cast wider in search of the best talent available to represent the United States.
2012 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Under the guidance of head coach Caleb Porter, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team faced Cuba, Canada and El Salvador in Group A of the 2012 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament with a berth to the 2012 London Olympics on the line. All three of their group games were played at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.
The U.S. kicked off the qualifying tournament with a resounding 6-0 win against Cuba on March 22, but the next two results would not favor the U.S.
On March 24, two second-half goals gave Canada a 2-0 win over the U.S. in the tournament’s second group game. Combined with earlier results, the match set up a must-win situation for the U.S. heading into its final group match against El Salvador.
Needing a win against El Salvador on March 26 to advance to the four-team knockout stage, the U.S. held a 3-2 lead entering the final minutes of the match, but a late equalizer for El Salvador in the fourth-minute of second-half stoppage time ended the Americans’ hope of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.