Concacaf’s Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament kicks off today, when the United States faces Costa Rica at Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico. The U.S. will be looking to earn a spot in the Olympics for the first time since 2008, and two local guys will be there to help. Chicago Fire defender Mauricio Pineda (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and former Fire midfielder Djordje Mihailovic (Lemont, Ill.), who was traded to CF Montreal in the off season, are both on the team.
How To Watch
The broadcast starts at 4:30 p.m. CT on Fox Sports 1 and TUDN. If you’re watching internationally, you’ll hear a familiar voice: Fire play-by-play man Tyler Terens will be on the call on the world feed.
How It Works
There are eight teams divided into two groups of four. The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals. Concacaf will get two spots in the Olympics, meaning the two teams that make the final will each earn a spot.
Group A: Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic
Group B: Honduras, Canada, El Salvador, Haiti
Remaining U.S. Schedule
Sunday, March 21 vs. Dominican Republic (6 p.m. CT, FS1 & TUDN)
Wednesday, March 24 vs. Mexico (8:30 p.m. CT, FS1 & TUDN)
Sunday, March 28: Semifinals
Tuesday, March 30: Final
DEFENDERS (6): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; Lompoc, Calif.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake; Las Cruces, N.M.), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution; New York, N.Y.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire FC; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Johnny Cardoso (Internacional/BRA; Denville, N.J.), Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United FC; Federal Way, Wash.), Ulysses Llanez (Heerenveen/NED; Lynwood, Calif.), Djordje Mihailovic (CF Montreal/CAN; Lemont, Ill.), Andrés Perea (Orlando City SC; Medellin, Colombia), Sebastian Saucedo (UNAM Pumas/MEX; Park City, Utah), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; Bloomington, Minn.)
FORWARDS (4): Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; Plantation, Fla.), Benji Michel (Orlando City SC; Orlando, Fla.), Sebastian Soto (Norwich City/ENG; San Diego, Calif.)