JOHN KRETLOW - Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The US was held to a draw by El Salvador, dramatically ending their Olympic dreams.

Deep into stoppage time, as the US was fixing to continue on into the knockout stage of the Olympic qualifying tournament, Jaime Alas found the back of the net passed American ‘keeper Sean Johnson.

Joe Corona gave the US a 2-1lead in the 68th minute after an impressive cross from Freddy Adu. Just three minutes earlier Terrence Boyd had tied the game, finishing off an Adu through ball.

The US started the game strong, as Boyd one timed a Brek Shea pass into the back of the net in the 3rd minute.

El Salvador though responded emphatically with two straight goals from Lester Blanco and Andres Flores.

After starting out the tournament with an emphatic win over Cuba, the US went on to lose to Canada in the second game of qualifying. This third and final first round game was essentially a must win for the US.

Canada and El Salvador reach the semifinals out of group A. They will find out their opponents after Tuesday's group B matchups.
Hugh McDonough
Saturday March 31, 2012 5:41 pm
How would USA do , if they were paired with England, Rep.of Ireland
and Greece in a possible World Cup 2014 group ?

Or Brazil , Denmark, Rep.of Ireland , USA ? Or Italy, Belguim, Rep.of Ireland , USA ? Or Spain, Paraguay , Zambia , USA ? These are possible scenarios. If USA qualify for World Cup 2014, I hope that USA get a favourable draw, and reach knock out stages and beyond.

Klinnsmann has a trick up his sleeve. Good Luck USA Yours in sport Hugh
Friday March 30, 2012 4:18 pm
Will that kid that punched Boyd in the face get a ban? Has there been any news on this? The English FA does retro punishments on Monday after matches. Does CONCACAF do any justice?
Mark WNY
Wednesday March 28, 2012 9:49 pm
Focusing on the positive, Boyd is for real. The first goal was the highlight of the tournament. Shea is getting better and Corona is showing up. Hopefully, JK will include them in the short future. Now time to concentrate in WC Qualifers
Wednesday March 28, 2012 4:49 pm
Totally agree w/ JPL. In the 4-3-3 we never controlled the midfield against lesser talent and had Freddy out of position most of the time. We're not a bunch of Mexicans that grew up playing on the street and play all over the field. The 4-3-3 rarely ever works for any team. And even worse, was that Porter never made an adjustment. I felt like Diego Maradona was coaching our team.
Wednesday March 28, 2012 2:24 pm
The future is def bright doug. Cant wait to see a partnership of Cunningham and Packwood at CB in the future at some point. Also, Ive played against Conor Doyle, he's a great athlete, i can only imagine he has improved. Bjev and Doyle up top would be effective for the US I think. Both intelligent and can play off each other well.
Wednesday March 28, 2012 2:15 pm
@Dave, really!!! unfortunatly I think your being to optmistic about the future of some of the players you listed. The US Soccer media is so desperate to announce the new Pele, Messi or C.Ronaldo as being an American youth, that they hype so many players that really haven't consistantly done anything to deserve such hype. For example Agudelo, what as he really done, two years ago seemed bright, but what since? Shea, man so much hype about this kid, but what has he really done, that's so exceptional? I mean in contrast Donavan (is no Messi) but at 17, 18, 19 was exceptional and deserved all the hype. I'm still waiting for a youth that at least matchs his talent.
Wednesday March 28, 2012 8:00 am
I hate to talk bad about Hamid but his weakness (high balls) was exposed. Although he is very athletic and should have a good future, he's not the consistent leader yet. Johnson would not have been beaten on either corners (Canada,ES) and that certainly would have changed things.
Wednesday March 28, 2012 7:22 am
Squad selection is always going to be tricky at the U-23 level, but other counties probably have the same issue. My problem is the seemingly lack of man-management on the part of Porter.

After the Cuba win, he needed to be drilling into the players heads that one game does not a qualification make. He needed to tell them that they played well but there was still a long ways to go. It woul appear he allowed some of the team to look past Canada and El Salvador and this cost us the Olympics.
Tuesday March 27, 2012 11:25 pm
Fact of the matter was that the El Salvador team wanted it more. I believe that the US bought into their own press too much. Of this group very few really showed anything. The attack was good (in spells) but the defense was really, really bad.

Looking for positives from this experience, I believe the following players will begin to contribute to the full National team over the upcoming cycle from this age group (besides those already capped under Klingsmann): Freddy Adu, Juan Agudelo, Joe Gyau, Mix Diskerud, Joe Corona, Andrew Wooten, Josh Gatt, & Alfredo Morales.

Add them to the current player pool and hopefully 2 or 3 more duel nationals (Hines, Henley, & Potts are my hope) and there is a real chance for the USMNT to make a statement in 2014. We just need a little more time to gel and get these young players more club experience.
Juan from L.A.
Tuesday March 27, 2012 11:07 pm
I hope the experiment of hiring a semi-professional if that coach to lead professionals is officially over! But let's be honest this cycle or group of players dating back to when they were part of the U-17 did not perform well. They qualified back then to U-17 but were three and out in the WC. Then there was the debacle in Guatemala where they didn't even qualify. Now this. Thank God this group is over but now we will depend on them because the Donovans and Dempseys are getting older for the MNT. That's trouble guys. The upcoming U-17 and U-20 groups are not that much better either. They are an upgrade but not enough to be elite. Mexico will continue to dominate this region and US will continue #2 but once a in while we'll get results like this. Sad day for the sport in this country!
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