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.
Tuesday March 27, 2012 8:56 pm
If you loose to Canada what makes you think you will win against El Salvador. Lesson here is dont let players read about how great they are or else they might believe it.

Also there is more to a goalkeeper than height alone. Brains and confidence come in more than one package.

I like Boyd
Tuesday March 27, 2012 8:09 pm
It was a management issue. When you play three matches in that short of a time period, you have to make more than two changes per match. Canada made seven changes between its first and second matches. Did we reallly need to beat Cuba 6-0 with the first team, at least the first team in the eyes of the coach.
Corona looked to be one of our better players and he comes off at half in the Canada match. In the post-match interview, he did not have a clue why he came out.
Terrance Boyd and Bundbery up top in a 4-4-2 would have changed the the match against a smaller El Salvador. El Salvador was quicker and the back line was exposed with little help from a tired midfield. Ado cannot cross with his right foot so he could never realy provide service on a convincing basis even though he performed well and was very good on set pieces. Our talent pool is getting better every year. Our management is not.
Tuesday March 27, 2012 7:23 pm
The US are choke artists, we did it against Brazil in the Confederations Final, against Ghana, against Mexico in the gold cup and now against El Salvador...
Tuesday March 27, 2012 4:38 pm
@scout92 how are a squad of first team players including some senior internationals not olympic quality? Also Doyle and Boss have just returned from injury. In the end there were just too many lapses, ref errors, fatigue, and a few coaching mistakes along with the team being overhyped again led to their downfall.

Most of these guys will be contributing to the full team by 2014. Though it's clear that Freddy is the only one mature enough at the moment to handle the spotlight.

The future is still bright.
Tuesday March 27, 2012 3:56 pm

2014 is a long way Off but the likes of cherundolo, Bocanegra, and Beasley can not be on that team. They're too old and slow now and Bocanegra and dolo are having very poor seasons. As June qualifiers roll around its time to start seeing how the Whitbreds and lichajs and young euro kids do. We've missed the time to get them involved by playing boca and dolo the last two years. Move on and rebuild. Well be crushed in 2014 with a 35 year old back line!

I hope Adu gets it going for club this season he's finally becoming versatile.

Shea needs to get consistent. And Boyd is a top striker already on our senior team which is awesome and scary all at once. Other than those guys this u23 experience displayed more of who isn't a great prospect than who is.
Tuesday March 27, 2012 3:41 pm
The players chosen werent on the level required to compete in olympics to begin with. Excluding Mix of course, should of added Doyle and Boss. We needed Gatt tho. If all of our players were available, healthy, and playing qualification wouldnt be a problem.
Hugh McDonough
Tuesday March 27, 2012 3:25 pm
Lets concentrate on World cup 2014.

Here is my World Cup 2014 roster.

GK Howard,Guzan, Yeddell( if he plays regular football every week)

Defenders Bocanegra, Ollemyu, Cherendolo, Whitebread, Ream, Hines, Goodson, F.Johnson, Parkhurst. Midfield Holden, J.Jones ,Dempsey, Williams,Edu, Adu,Corona, Bradely, Strikers
Boyd, Altidore, Donavan, Beasely, Yours in sport Hugh
Tuesday March 27, 2012 3:24 pm
@david and @Cole Joseph
Excuse the errors. I meant Coach Porter who should be Coach "Im lookin for a new career". I meant this was an important tourney and we have players with a good deal of experience at this level. Not a good time to try to find chemistry, but to put together players that already have it. Porter should have played Boyd more as was evident in the last game. If not different players how about substituting for a defensive player instead of
Gyau at the end of the game. If we dont have any young goal keepers better than that, you better hope Tim Howard can play till he is 45. That tie was worse than any loss I have ever seen. It might as well be a loss. As you can see I am bitter about this meltdown. Oh and JK surely has direct control over who plays on what team.
Tuesday March 27, 2012 2:02 pm
The top players are at the mercy of their clubs. That is why you don't see Altidore, Chandler or any of our top quality kids.

That is why countries like Belarus and Switzerland qualified and not Italy, France or Netherlands. Most of the good players just aren't allowed to play...

Still no excuse for the Canada and El Salvador games...
Tuesday March 27, 2012 1:43 pm
Really Porter..... where is your passion for soccer , you are a clone of Bradley, we where loosing and you din't get up from your sit to push the players , same to you Reyna, shame of you to put colleges players for an important tournament , i can't believe you said this in the locker room Following the match, Porter addressed his crestfallen team in the locker room.

“What I told them in the locker room is that this won't define their careers. As low as this moment is for them and as painful as it is, they've got big days ahead,”
,, is just turn the page? just like that, sheme of you, where is your pride?
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