Saturday, February 25, 2012

Duka and Olympic Qualifying, U23

U23 US team took on NASL side San Antonio Scorpions last night. Dilly Duka had a Goal and helped set up the other two. Duka has on the 10 shirt. LINK

Olympic qualifying for this team starts the weekend of March 22nd against Cuba in Tennessee. Then vs. Canada on the 24th and El Salvador on the 26th in group play.

The US has to finish in the top two in that group to advance to the 4 team knock out stage. Just getting out of the group will not be a walk in the park. Canada and El Salvador will be hungry.

Advancing past the group stage doesn't qualify you for England. To qualify you have to win one more and play in the final on April 2nd.

Groups are set up so that most likely it'll be Mexico v. US advancing but it certainly isn't a gimme for either side.

If the US qualify the Crew will be missing a player in some good form for a significant number of games this year, which means Crew fans will see Meram and Anor more this year.

Both those players are hungry, ready and capable. Just keep 'em healthy.

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