USA and Mexico Top in Group Play for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying.
Los Angeles, CA – CONCACAF held the selections for the Menâ€™s Olympic QualifyingÂ tournament which will be hosted by the United States beginning on October 1 and continue through October 13.Â CONCACAF currently holds two spots for the upcoming 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
FIFA Executive Committee Member and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati opened the proceedings, which determined the groupings and match schedule for the tournament that kicks off October 1, in Kansas City, Kansas. The event was conducted with the assistance of former US national team players and Olympians Brad Friedel and Eddie Lewis.
Four cities which feature Major League Soccer Stadiums will be the host sites for the tournament beginning with group play at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas home of Sporting KC, Dickâ€™s Sporting Good Park in Commerce City, Colorado home of the Colorado Rapids andÂ Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA home of the 2014 MLS Champion Los Angeles Galaxy.
It will then end with the semi-finals and finals being held at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
Two Groups were selected with 2015 Gold Cup Champion Mexico heading up Group B and the United States in Group A. Group A which will be played at Sporting Park will include Canada, Panama and Cuba. Group B will feature Honduras, Haiti and the winner of Costa Rica and Guatemala Playoff that begins tomorrow in Costa Rica.
In 2012 Mexico and Honduras advanced to the 2012 London Olympic Games with Mexico winning the Gold Medal and Honduras reaching the Quarterfinal round.
The championship will qualify two CONCACAF national teams to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The third place finisher in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship will advance to a playoff against CONMEBOL’s Colombia, second place finisher in South America’s Youth Football Championship.
Men’s Olympic Qualifying Group Stage
Game 1: Thursday, October 1 – Panama vs Cuba – 3:30pm PT at Sporting Park
Game 2: Thursday, October 1 – USA vs Canada – 6:00pm PT at Sporting Park
Game 3: Friday, October 2 – Honduras vs Haiti – 6:00pm PT at Stub Hub Center
Game 4: Friday, October 2 – Mexico vs Costa Rica/Guatamala – 8:30pm PT at Stub Hub Center
Game 5: Saturday, October 3 – Canada vs Panama – 11:30am PT at Sporting Park
Game 6: Saturday, October 3 – Cuba vs USA – 2:00pm PT at Sporting Park
Game 7: Sunday, October 4 – Costa Rica/Guatamala vs HondurasÂ – 1:30pm PT at Stub Hub Center
Game 8: Sunday, October 4 – Haiti vs Mexico – 4:00pm PT at Stub Hub Center
Group A at Dickâ€™s Sporting Goods Park:
Game 9: Tuesday, October 6 -Â Canada vs Cuba – 4:00pm PT
Game 10: Tuesday, October 6 – USA vs Panama – 6:30pm PT
Group B at Dickâ€™s Sporting Goods Park:
Game 11: Costa Rica/Guatamala vs Haiti – 4:00pm PT
Game 12: Mexico vs Honduras -Â 6:30pm PT
Men’s Olympic Qualifying Semi-Finals at Rio Tinto Stadium
Game 13: Saturday, October 10 – 1st A vs 2nd B – 1:00pm PT
Game 14: Saturday, October 10 – 1st B vs 2nd A – 4:00pm PT
Men’s Olympic Qualifying Finals at Rio Tinto Stadium
3rd Place Game: Tuesday, October 13 – L13 vs L14 – 4:00pm PT
Final Game: Tuesday October 13 – W13 vs W14 – 7:00pm PT