April 4, 2008
OLYMPIC QUALIFYING BEGINS
U.S. vs. Jamaica women on Friday
The U.S. Women’s National Team opens its CONCACAF Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament against Jamaica Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the Group A game as it happens on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
Costa Rica takes on Trinidad & Tobago in Group B in the first match of the doubleheader.
This will be the U.S.’s first game of the tournament. Jamaica is coming off a disappointing 8-1 loss to Mexico on Wednesday night, a match in which the Caribbean side had a player sent off for a “last defender foul.”
The U.S. has not faced Jamaica since 1994 and there are no players on the USA’s qualifying roster who played in that match, which took place in Montreal during qualifying for the 1995 Women’s World Cup.
The Americans hasn’t played since the Algarve Cup final March 12 and is certainly eager to get onto the plush and expansive pitch at Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez. The team got a preview of the field and stadium yesterday during its official stadium training and, with no major injuries, all is a go for the Friday night match.
U.S. coach Pia Sundhage will suit up 18 of the 20 players on the roster.
The U.S. will take on Mexico at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday. The top two teams in each group will advance to next week's semifinals. The semifinal winners will clinch a berth for the Beijing Summer Games.