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The US U23 side will play there qualifiers in Mexico on Feb 3rd, where they will face Panama, Canada and Hondorous. in group A.

The top two teams will advance to play the Top two teams from Group B which consists of : The Ticos, Trinadad, Jamaca and Mexico.

Winners of the Semis will advance to the finals with an automatic birth into the Olympics.

The roster for the US is:

The roster:

Goalkeepers: D.J. Countess, Steve Cronin, Doug Warren.

Defenders: Nat Borchers, Jose Burciaga, Jr., Kelly Gray, Ricky Lewis, David Stokes, Scot Thompson, Chris Wingert.

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Brian Carroll, Ricardo Clark, Bobby Convey, Brad Davis, Eddie Gaven, Kyle Martino, Logan Pause.

Forwards: Edson Buddle, Conor Casey, Landon Donovan, Alecko Eskandarian, Eddie Johnson, David Testo

What no Freddie Adu. I would have thought they would have played him to get his feet wet in the older compitition, Before they introduce him in the next World Cup.
 

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Here is the schedule for the US Mens side:

2/3/04
Olympic Qualifying
U.S. Under-23 MNT vs. Panama
Estadio Tres de Marzo (Guadalajara, Mexico)


2/5/04
Olympic Qualifying
U.S. Under-23 MNT vs. Canada
Estadio Tres de Marzo (Guadalajara, Mexico)


2/7/04
Olympic Qualifying
U.S. Under-23 MNT vs. Honduras
Estadio Tres de Marzo (Guadalajara, Mexico)
 

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The squad for the Olympic team has been announced:

Goalkeepers: DJ Countess (Dallas Burn), Doug Warren (DC United)

Defenders: Jose Burciaga (Kansas City), Ricky Lewis (Los Angeles), Chad Marshall (Columbus), David Stokes (DC United), Zak Whitbread (Liverpool), Chris Wingert

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Chicago), Kyle Beckerman (Colorado), Brian Carroll (DC United), Bobby Convey (DC United), Brad Davis (Dallas), Eddie Gaven (MetroStas), Kyle Martino (Columbus), Logan Pause (Chicago)

Forwards: Edson Buddle (Columbus), Landon Donovan (San Jose), Alecko Eskandarian (DC United), Eddie Johnson (Dallas), David Testo (Richmond)

Notable additions to the squad is Liverpools defender Zak Whitbread making his second appearence to the national team.
 

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It won't be on TV. They have Chile and Brazil on Telemundo but no US games:confused:
 

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Yah I know suck doesnt it. I guess they are preparing us for the olympics as none of those games will get telivised either. We may get a foot note somewhere on the bottom line of ESPN,:(
 

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Costa Rica and Mexico open there bids for the olympics with big wins in thier groups while the US will play today at 7:00pm EST.
 

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As the US takes on Hondorus today for top spot in the group. they will have to be concearned with the fact that if they do win this group they will play Mexico in the next round, as they finished second to the Ticos on Goal Difference.

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
**United States 2 2 0 0 6 3 6
**Honduras 2 2 0 0 4 1 6
Panama 2 0 2 0 4 7 0
Canada 2 0 2 0 0 3 0

**Advanced to semi-finals

Date Match-up
Feb. 3 Canada 0 Honduras 1
Panama 3 USA 4
Feb. 5 Honduras 3 Panama 1
USA 2 Canada 0
Feb. 7 Canada vs. Panama 12 p.m.
Honduras vs. USA 2 p.m.

GROUP B - All matches at Estadio Jalisco

Team GPW L T GF GA Pts
**Costa Rica 3 2 0 1 8 1 7
**Mexico 3 2 0 1 8 2 7
Trinidad & Tob. 3 1 2 0 3 8 3
Jamaica 3 0 3 0 1 9 0

**Advanced to semi-finals

Date Match-up
Feb. 2 Costa Rica 3 Jamaica 0
T&T 1 Mexico 3
Feb. 4 Costa Rica 4 T&T 0
Mexico 4 Jamaica 0
Feb. 6 T&T 2 Jamaica 1
Costa Rica 1 Mexico 1
 

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US wins group with a thrilling 4-3 win over Hondorus, while resting many of its starters for its preperation for its next round which will be Mexico:

United States defeats Honduras, faces Mexico for Olympic berth

By JOHN RICE
Associated Press Writer
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) _ Alecko Eskandarian scored three goals Saturday as the United States beat Honduras 4-3 to set up a deciding match against Mexico for a spot in the Athens Olympics.
Honduras, which finished second in Group A, will battle Group B winner Costa Rica for the other CONCACAF Olympic soccer berth.

``Getting to the Olympics is a big prize and it shouldn't come easy and it won't,'' United States coach Glenn Myernick said.

Kyle Beckerman also scored for the Americans on Saturday while Roland Maradiaga scored two for Honduras and Samir Arzu added the third. Both teams had already ensured a spot in the last four.

In an earlier match, Panama beat Canada 2-1.

Eskandarian got his first goal from a free kick in the 27th minute, but Maradiaga equalized two minutes later from the penalty spot.

United States defender Jose Burciaga Jr., who was sent off in the 29th minute, gave up the penalty for blocking a shot with his hand.

Beckerman then scored from the right side in the 46th and Eskandarian followed with his second goal in the 57th with goalkeeper John Bodden out of position. Eskandarian added a third in the 69th.

``I figured that if they are not going to pressure me, then I'm going to punish them for their mistake," Eskandarian said. "It was their decision to drop back and they have to live with the consequences. If they are happy with losing, that's fine."

Maradiaga struck a second penalty in 71st after a foul by Logan Pause, and Arzu netted the third goal in the 75th.

Honduras rested eight starters and the United States seven, including veterans DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan and Bobby Convey, who scored four goals in the first two games of the tournament.
 

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PAULMAY said:
Here is the schedule for the US Mens side:

2/3/04
Olympic Qualifying
U.S. Under-23 MNT vs. Panama
Estadio Tres de Marzo (Guadalajara, Mexico)


2/5/04
Olympic Qualifying
U.S. Under-23 MNT vs. Canada
Estadio Tres de Marzo (Guadalajara, Mexico)


2/7/04
Olympic Qualifying
U.S. Under-23 MNT vs. Honduras
Estadio Tres de Marzo (Guadalajara, Mexico)
I saw the end on the Honduras game we looked good ....who was playing goal for us tho?
 

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The US fails to qualify for the Olympics as they were dominated by the Mexican side for the full 90 minuets. This is a major set back in the developement of soccer in the US.
The US team was not only outplayed but intimidated by the Mexican fans throughout this tournament, from being spit at and hurled insults at by Mexican fans. Chants of Osama were ringing throughout the ground on tuesday nite and the play by the US were clear signs of intimidation. Matters werent helped any as the US were reduced to 10 men inthe match.

Mexico Downs U.S. 4-0, Ruins Olympic Dream

2/11/04 4:57 AM


GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Tue., Feb. 10, 2004) - The U.S. will not qualify for the Olympics on the men’s side for the first time since 1976 as Mexico dominated for a majority of the 90 minutes and came away with a 4-0 win in the hostile Estadio Jalisco on Tuesday night in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Before the U.S could get off one of their two first-half shots, Mexico already held a 2-0 advantage with back-to-back goals in the 27th and 28th minutes. After Convey was dispossessed in the corner, Mexico scored their first goal on a counter attack. Captain Diego Martinez sent a cross in and found the head of Rafael Marquez Lugo who finished soundly for a 1-0 lead. Just one minute later, another Mexico counter would result in the second goal as a Martinez cross for sailed over the head of Mario Perez and into the net.

Kyle Beckerman came on for Chris Wingert in the second stanza as the U.S. shifted to a 3-5 2, but the change would not pay off. Mexico went up 3-0 in the 55th minute as Lugo gathered a rebound facing away from goal, turned, and slotted his shot inside the post.

The U.S. task to come back was made more difficult in the 74th minute, when Nat Borchers was sent off for a second yellow card. A stoppage time goal when Ismael Iniguez had a breakaway after beating the offside trap and goalkeeper D.J. Countess led to the final 4-0 margin.

The U.S. was outshot 18-4 and only forced goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona to make on save - and that was in the 80th minute.

Mexico has now been undefeated in 20 consecutive CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying games dating back to a 3-0 loss to the U.S. on April 26, 1992. The loss snapped U.S. Soccer’s streak of qualifying for 19-consecutive FIFA outdoor world championships (World Cup, Women’s World Cup, Men’s & Women’s Olympics, World Youth (U-20) Championships, Under-19 Women’s World Championship and Under-17 World Championship). The streak began and ended with teams coached by Glenn “Mooch� Myernick, with his Under-17 team starting the streak in 1995. Brazil, whose men’s team was eliminated from the Olympics by Paraguay three weeks ago, held the previous longest streak.

The U.S. will now face Honduras in the third place game of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Thursday at Estadio Jalisco at 5:30 p.m. CT live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. Honduras fell to Costa Rica, who qualifying for their first Olympics since 1984 and third all-time with a 2-0 win earlier Tuesday.

--UNOFFICIAL U.S. U-23 MNT GAME REPORT--

Participants: United States vs. Mexico
Competition: CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying – Semifinal
Venue: Estadio Jalisco – Guadalajara, Mexico
Date: February 10, 2004 – 8 p.m. local / CT
Weather: 67 degrees, cloudy
Attendance: c. 60,000

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
Mexico 2 2 4

Lineups:
MEX (4-4-2): 1-José De Jesús Corona; 4-Aarón Galindo, 14-Francisco RodrÃ_guez, 6-Ismael RodrÃ_guez; 3-Mario Pérez; 5-Gerardo Espinoza, 8-Diego MartÃ_nez, 15-Sergio Ponce, 23-Luis Ernesto Pérez (17-Luis Aloso Sandoval, 78); 10-Juan Pablo GarcÃ_a (7-Gonzalo Pineda, 67); 11-Rafael Márquez Lugo (18-Ismael Iniguez, 80).
Subs Not Used: 9-Juan Carlos Cacho, 12-Cirilo Saucedo Najera, 19-Jaime Duran, 20-Hugo Sanchez Guerrero, 21-Rodolfo Espinoza
Head Coach: Ricardo LaVolpe

USA (4-4-2): 1-D.J. Countess; 16-Chris Wingert (5-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 6-Nat Borchers, 14-Chad Marshall, 3-Ricky Lewis; 8-Logan Pause, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 9-Brad Davis (17-Eddie Gaven, 76), 15-Bobby Convey; 10-Landon Donovan, 20-Ed Johnson (11-Alecko Eskandarian, 63)
Subs Not Used: 18-Doug Warren; 4-David Stokes, 12-Brian Carroll, 19-David Testo
Head Coach: Glenn “Mooch� Myernick.

Statistical Summary: USA MEX
Shots 4 18
Saves 5 1
Corner Kicks 3 6
Offside 0 3

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Luis Ernesto Perez (caution) 3rd minute
USA – Nat Borchers (caution) 35th minute
USA – Nat Borchers (caution) 74th minute
USA – Nat Borchers (ejection) 74th minute
USA – Ricky Lewis (caution) 76th minute
 

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they send A team we sned young'uns


im only sad that adu didnt get a run out in the cup

bad call by the US soccer fed, this guy needs game under his belt at top lvl, esp in hostile places
 

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You just had to look at the scores in this tournament made you think that they didnt stand a chance. Panama 4-3, Hondorus 4-3. Had to make you wonder about that strong US defence we allways pride ourselves in.
 

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Mexico deserved , playing in front of 60,000 Mexican fans , injuries , US defense , sh!t happens , ect...goodluck . 17 year old Eddie Gaven looks like a future playmaker , though. I like his style.
 

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Eddie is a good player Jonny, My U-17 team today played against him in the state cup before he became fomous and you could see he had something special. He scored this 35 yard Volley that My keeper turned to me and said Yah right.;)
Ive had the oppertunity to meet and talk with Eddie and Mike Magee, they are going to be great additions to our league and the US Natl team in the future.
 

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Gaven plays for the Stars right if thats him he is the white male with the shag on his head...yeh he is quick smart and cant shoot and play soccer football
 

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Eddie is a good player Jonny, My U-17 team today played against him in the state cup before he became fomous and you could see he had something special. He scored this 35 yard Volley that My keeper turned to me and said Yah right.;)
Ive had the oppertunity to meet and talk with Eddie and Mike Magee, they are going to be great additions to our league and the US Natl team in the future.
o0o0o we got a big time coach on the boards
 

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o0o0o we got a big time coach on the boards
Ah shucks, Im just a poor Paid High School trainer, Youth trainer and Nationally certified Coach. Who happens to have a few friends at the head office of the Metrostars. :cool:
 

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Gaven plays for the Stars right if thats him he is the white male with the shag on his head...yeh he is quick smart and cant shoot and play soccer football
Actually he was one of the leading scorers for the US u-21 team in thier last WC.
 
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