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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

December 8, 2011
MEETING CUBA
U.S. kicks off Olympic Qualifying March 22


NEW YORK Ė The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football released the complete schedule for the finals of its 2012 Menís Olympic Qualifying tournament. The competition will open March 22 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee, with a Group A doubleheader when El Salvador faces Canada followed by an encounter between the host United States and Cuba.

Group B action will begin the next day with two games at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, as defending champion Honduras takes on Panama, and Trinidad & Tobago meets Mexico in the nightcap.

The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals, which will take place at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, with the eventual finalists each earning tickets to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The championship match will be played on April 2.

Honduras is the tournament's defending champion having defeated the United States 1-0 in extra time of the 2008 final in Nashville.


2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Finals
FIRST ROUND
All times U.S. Eastern (local times in parentheses)
Group A (Nashville, Tennessee): Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, United States
Group B (Carson, California): Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago

Thursday, March 22
At Nashville, Tennessee
El Salvador vs. Canada, 6:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m.)
United States vs. Cuba, 9 p.m. (8 p.m.)

Friday, March 23
At Carson, California
Honduras vs. Panama, 9 p.m. (6 p.m.)
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico, 11:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, March 24
At Nashville, Tennessee
Cuba vs. El Salvador, 4:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m.)
United States vs. Canada, 7 p.m. (6 p.m.)

Sunday, March 25
At Carson, California
Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 4:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m.)
Mexico vs. Honduras, 7 p.m. (4 p.m.)

Monday, March 26
At Nashville, Tennessee
Canada vs. Cuba, 6:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m.)
United States vs. El Salvador, 9 p.m. (8 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 27
At Carson, California
Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 9 p.m. (6 p.m.)
Mexico vs. Panama, 11:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.)

SEMIFINALS
Saturday, March 31
At Kansas City, Kansas
Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up, 6 p.m. (5 p.m.)
Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up, 9 p.m. (8 p.m.)

CHAMPIONSHIP
Monday, April 2
At Kansas City, Kansas
Semifinal winners, 8 p.m. (7 p.m.)


   
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