US U-23 Men’s National Team Fails To Qualify For 2012 Olympics
The U-23 Men’s National Team will not compete in the London Olympics after falling short in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier last night, according to USSoccer.com.
The game ended in a 3-3 tie with El Salvador, causing them to finish the qualifier with four points and in third place. As a result they missed out on the semifinals and do not have an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics.
“It’s a painful moment. The players are devastated. To put in as much as they put in that game, the amount of heart they put in, to play the way they played in that second half to come from behind and score two goals, to be seconds away from getting the No. 1 seed, it’s unimaginable,” said U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team head coach Caleb Porter. “I told them in the locker room is that this won’t define their careers. As low as this moment is for them and as painful as it is, they’ve got big days ahead – a lot of those guys that were out on that field. That’s the future of our country. It’s sad that I’m not going to get a chance to be in the trenches with those guys anymore. They did everything I asked. They made some mistakes that cost us the game. The guys have long careers ahead of them. I’m proud of those guys and I know they’re going to do great things in the future. I’m sorry for our fans, sorry for U.S. Soccer that we didn’t get the job done. But there’s nothing to be ashamed about.” This is the second time that the U.S. Men’s National Team has missed out on the Olympics since 1976.