The United States can take another big jump toward qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics tonight, when they face the Dominican Republic (6 p.m. CT, FS1 & TUDN). A win would put the Yanks on six points, and guarantee a spot in the tournament semifinals before Wednesday’s clash with Mexico.
Last time out, the U.S. men defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in a match that was equal parts sloppy and gritty. Chicago Fire defender Mauricio Pineda started the match, looked a bit shaky in the early minutes, but got things under control. Pineda began the sequence that led to the U.S.’s lone goal, and he contributed to the team’s clean sheet. Fellow Fire Homegrown Djordje Mihailovic of CF Montreal also got the start in the previous match.
Meanwhile, the Dominican Republic is coming off a 4-1 loss to Concacaf giants Mexico. El Tri can also guarantee a semifinal berth with a victory tonight over Costa Rica. The top two teams in each group automatically advance to the semifinals, and since Concacaf will send two teams to the Olympics, a semifinal victory guarantees a spot in the Tokyo games this summer.
- Mexico (3 pts, 4 GF, 1 GA)
- USA (3 pts 1 GF, 0 GA)
- Costa Rica (0 pts, 0 GF, 1 GA)
- Dominican Republic (0 pts, 1 GF, 4 GA)
- Honduras (3 pts, 3 GF, 0 GA)
- Canada (3 pts, 2 GF, 0 GA)
- El Salvador (0 pts, 0 GF, 2 GA)
- Haiti (0 pts, 0 GF, 3 GA)
Remaining U.S. Schedule
Wednesday, March 24 vs. Mexico (8:30 p.m. CT, FS1 & TUDN)
Sunday, March 28: Semifinals
Tuesday, March 30: Final