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GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The roster of U.S. athletes headed to the Summer Olympics is growing steadily smaller.

A swarming Mexican offense knocked the U.S. team out Tuesday night with a 4-0 victory that ended a string of five appearances for the Americans in the Games.

Playing before a noisy crowd of almost 57,000, Mexico avenged a 2-0 World Cup loss two years ago and joined Costa Rica in the Olympic field.

"The dreams of our team and the dreams of our players of going to the Olympics are now something in the past," said U.S. coach Glenn Myernick. "I'm sure it will hurt even more tomorrow than it does right now."

The Mexicans battered the U.S. defense with waves of attackers who kept slipping free of defenders near the goal. Rafael Marquez Lugo scored twice for Mexico.

"There were too many times tonight when our defenders didn't do a good enough job of slowing the attack down," Myernick said.

Mexico coach Ricardo LaVolpe said he was happy his team regained the accuracy lacking in earlier games against weaker opponents in the under-23 tournament.

"We played without fear," he said.

The game was a winner-take-all battle for a berth at the Summer Olympics. It came just over two months after a qualifying tournament victory by Mexico kept the U.S. baseball team out of the Games.

Costa Rica defeated Honduras 2-0 earlier in the evening for the other Olympic slot from the North and Central America and Caribbean region.

The United States had become a soccer nightmare for Mexico in recent years, winning more than it lost against a team that thinks of itself as the region's powerhouse. The greatest dent to Mexico's pride came in the second round of the 2002 World Cup.

Myernick said with the elimination of soccer powers such as Brazil and the Czech Republic, "I think the Olympics in Athens is going to be wide open. ... Mexico has as good a chance as anybody."

LaVolpe, meanwhile, was thinking even further ahead.

"I think a lot of these youths can reach 2006," the next World Cup, he said. "These youths showed they have what it takes to battle with anybody."

Myernick predicted a wide-open game by two powerful offenses. The United States had scored 10 goals in three tournament games.

But only Mexico managed to produce.

Marquez Lugo took a pass from Francisco Rodriguez and put a header past U.S. goalkeeper D.J. Countess at 25 minutes. Three minutes later, Diego Martinez hit the net as a wave of Mexican players rushed toward the U.S. goal.

Countess made several dramatic saves, but Marquez Lugo scored again at 54 minutes from about 15 yards after U.S. defenders were unable to clear the ball from the penalty zone.

Ismael Iniguez raced in for a fourth goal just before time ran out.

Mexico, meanwhile, dropped back and clogged the lanes for the U.S. attackers such as Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley, repeatedly blocking passes.

Alecko Eskandarian came close to a U.S. goal in the 79th minute, but his leaping deflection was saved by goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona.

Frustrated U.S. defender Nat Borchers was ejected for a second yellow card at 73 minutes.

Six nations have qualified for Athens: Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia, Argentina, Paraguay and host Greece.
 

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Tulicidides, What do you think of the controversy created here in the US by the media about the treatment the players got at the stadium by the fans. The main compalin has been about the fans chanting "Osama" during the game.

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I think it was exaggerated by the us media, and now is being used with political purposes, some wacko politician (i guess a republican senator) wanted an official apologize by the mexican government, that is simply ridiculous, of course the mexican government had not send any official apologize and won't send it as it should be.
I was watching the match on TV and I couldn't hear the chants, just the booing at the USA anthem, but not those chants, according with ppl in the stadium it was just a fraction of the crowd the ones who sung that osama chants, not all the stadium.
I am not justifying anything (it's not correct to boo at any national anthem or to throw any objects to the field, or to have a bad behavior by the crowd, etc), what i am saying is that it was exaggerated by the us media and taken out of proportion. Now is not a secret that the "gringos" are not too beloved outside their borders, but why that ppl in the crowd sung osama chants, it's not easy to understand, I think a sociologist could tell us more about it.
 

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well ill be there in greece working and i was hoping that the guys qualified but it wasnt to be....i look foward to seeing Mexico there and the players they bring..athough i dunno who to look out for
 

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The two that should look out for IMO are Adolfo Bautista the center forward and Luis Perez the creative midfielder very talented both of them.
 

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What about Marquez?He looks like a good player
 

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Rafael Márquez Lugo? well he is playing now for Morelia. Yes, he seems to be very talented, lets see if he can shine as much as everybody thinks he could do it.
 
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