U.S. Olympic qualifiers kick off tomorrow
The U.S. will face Cuba tomorrow at 7 p.m. CST in Tampa. Panama and Honduras are also in the group. All games will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel. The U-23 squad will be fighting for two CONCACAF births in Beijing. The U.S. and Mexico are prohibitive favorites, but four years ago the Americans failed to qualify. Playing on their home soil, it would be humiliating if they again fail to make the cut.
The U.S. squad should be dynamic and dangerous. Jozy Altidore and Freddy Adu will likely pace the attack, with Maurice Edu wearing the captain's armband and patrolling the midfield. Chris Seitz will almost certainly get the call in net. Other intriguing players to keep an eye on are Michael Orozco, a defender who plays with San Luis in the Mexican top flight, and Charlie Davies, a forward who suits up for Hammarby in Sweden.
Folks will be gathering in the Twin Cities at the Sweetwater to watch tomorrow's match. Join us.
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