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.