United States Men's Soccer Team Loses to Honduras, Out of Olympics


The U.S. U-23 men's soccer team fell to Honduras 2–1 on Sunday and failed to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the third consecutive Olympics that the team has been unable to reach. The U.S. U-23s have not qualified for an Olympics since 2008 in Beijing. 

The disappointing loss for the U.S. was made all the more painful by an embarrassing goal that came when Honduras took a 2–0 lead in the 47th minute. 

Although the U.S. answered on a sensational strike by captain Jackson Yueill, it was never able to tie it up.

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U.S. women's national team star Megan Rapinoe chimed in at the end of the game to offer support for her national team peers. 

"Gutted for these boys," Rapinoe Tweeted. "Keep your heads up, learn from it and get better. 

Honduras has now qualified for Olympics four straight times and will be joined by qualifying tournament host Mexico, who beat Canada in Sunday's other semifinal. Honduras will face Mexico in the final of Concacaf's qualifying tournament for regional bragging rights, with both assured of their places in Tokyo.