Dallas Soccer: 2012 Olympics

US Olympic qualifying loss is FC Dallas' gain

March, 27, 2012
The US U23s tied El Salvador 3-3 today, finishing 3rd in Group A of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, thus eliminating the Yanks from the tournament and the Olympic games. For any fan of US soccer this poor tournament performance is a massive disappointment and it sure looks like a step backward for US youth soccer.

But if you're an FC Dallas fans there is a silver lining, aside from his early assist on the first goal of the game, Brek Shea will now be returning to Dallas and he won't be missing a chunk of time for the big tournament in London this summer.

So FCD has that going for them, which is nice.

Match: U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: March 26, 2012

Scoring Summary
USA – Terrence Boyd (Brek Shea) 1st minute
SLV – Lester Blanco (Isidro Gutierrez) 35
SLV - Andres Flores (Jaime Alas) 37
USA - Terrence Boyd (Freddy Adu) 65
USA - Joe Corona (Freddy Adu) 68
SLV - Jaime Alas 90+4

USA: 1-Bill Hamid (18-Sean Johnson, 39); 3-Kofi Sarkodie, 2-Ike Opara, 4-Perry Kitchen,13-Jorge Villafaņa; 16-Amobi Okugo, 8-Mix Diskerud, 10-Joe Corona (20-Michael Stephens, 88); 7-Freddy Adu (capt.) (14-Joe Gyau, 90+3), 15-Terrence Boyd, 11-Brek Shea

Subs not used: 5-Zarek Valentin, 6-Jared Jeffrey, 12-Teal Bunbury, 17-Tony Taylor, 19-Sheanon Williams
Head coach: Caleb Porter

SLV: 18-Yimy Cuellar; 5-Alexander Mendoza, 4-Xavier Garcia (capt.), 2-Milton Molina, 13-Alexander Larin; 9-Isidro Gutierrez, 8-Diego Chavarria (19-Darwin Ceren, 73), 16-Richard Menjivar, 10-Jaime Alas; 20-Andres Flores, 17-Lester Blanco (14-Herbert Sosa, 87)

Subs not used: 1-Diego Cuellar, 3-Marlon Martinez, 6-Elman Rivas, 7-Dustin Corea, 12-Edwin Sanchez, 15-Jorge Moran
Head coach: Mauricio Alfaro

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots 9 / 10
Shots on Goal 5 / 5
Saves 2 / 2
Corner Kicks 4 / 5
Fouls 15 / 14
Offsides 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
SLV – Diego Chavarria (caution) 5th minute
SLV – Lester Blanco (caution) 7
USA - Amobi Okugo (caution) 7
USA - Jorge Villafaņa (caution) 72
USA - Freddy Adu (caution) 74
SLV - Alexander Mendoza (caution) 87
USA - Terrence Boyd (caution) 90

Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Dion Neil (TRI)
Fourth Official: Hector Gonzalez (HON)
U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Caleb Porter has named an initial 19-player roster for training camp that will convene March 13 to begin final preparations for the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament.

A player withdrew from consideration Monday afternoon following confirmation of an injury. Porter will make one addition to the group after obtaining a release from his club.

The official 20-player roster will be finalized March 20, the due date for all participating teams to submit their rosters to CONCACAF. The U.S. will compete in Group A, which kicks off March 22 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.

FC Dallas forward Brek Shea, who has appeared in all 10 of the U.S. Men’s National Team matches under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, was the 2011 U.S. Young Male Athlete of the Year and is coming off a strong season with FC Dallas that included MLS Best XI recognition and a nomination for MLS Most Valuable Player.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for these young players to get valuable experience in international competition and ultimately qualify for the 2012 Olympics," said Klinsmann, who won a bronze medal in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. "Playing the Olympic Games is a once in a lifetime chance, and we are fully supporting their efforts to qualify. Some of these players will continue their international careers on the senior team in the future, and these situations allow them the chance to grow individually and experience the ups and downs national teams go through, which is so important for their development."

Also of local interest in the team is Richardson native Jared Jeffrey, who plays for Mainz in Germany.

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying begins on March 22, with Group A games being played at LP Field in Nashville and Group B games at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The USA was drawn into Group A with Canada, Cuba and El Salvador, while Group B is composed of Mexico, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago.

The semifinal and final matches will be played at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., on March 31 and April 2, respectively. Individual tickets are on sale for the games in Nashville and Carson, and series tickets are available for the knockout phase in Kansas City.

Domestic Training Camp – Nashville, Tenn.
March 13-20

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birth Date Hometown Club
Adu, Freddy M 5-7 150 06/02/89 Potomac, Md. Philadelphia Union
Agudelo, Juan F 6-0 180 11/23/92 Barnegat, N.J. New York Red Bulls
Boyd, Terrence F 6-0 180 02/16/91 Berlin, Germany Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Bunbury, Teal F 6-1 180 02/27/90 Prior Lake, Minn. Sporting Kansas City
Corona, Joe M 5-10 165 07/09/90 Chula Vista, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Diskerud, Mix M 6-0 150 10/02/90 Oslo, Norway Gent (Belgium)
Gatt, Josh D 5-10 165 08/29/91 Plymouth, Mich. Molde (Norway)
Gyau, Joe F 5-8 155 09/16/92 Silver Spring, Md. Hoffenheim (Germany)
Hamid, Bill GK 6-4 225 11/25/90 Annandale, Va. D.C. United
Jeffrey, Jared M 5-11 165 06/14/90 Richardson, Texas Mainz (Germany)
Johnson, Sean GK 6-3 215 05/31/89 Lilburn, Ga. Chicago Fire
Kitchen, Perry D 6-0 160 02/29/92 Indianapolis, Ind. D.C. United
Okugo, Amobi M 5-11 165 03/13/91 Sacramento, Calif. Philadelphia Union
Opara, Ike D 6-2 170 02/21/89 Durham, N.C. San Jose Earthquakes
Sarkodie, Kofi D 5-9 155 03/22/91 Huber Heights, Ohio Houston Dynamo
Shea, Brek F 6-4 190 02/28/90 Bryan, Texas FC Dallas
Stephens, Michael M 5-9 155 03/04/89 Naperville, Ill. LA Galaxy
Valentin, Zarek D 6-0 155 08/06/91 Lancaster, Pa. Montreal Impact
Villafaņa, Jorge D 5-9 150 09/16/89 Anaheim, Calif. Chivas USA

Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United; Annandale, Va.), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; Lilburn, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (6): Josh Gatt (Molde; Plymouth, Mich.), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes; Durham, N.C.), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact; Lancaster, Pa.), Jorge Villafaņa (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union; Potomac, Md.), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Mix Diskerud (Gent; Oslo, Norway), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz; Richardson, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund; Berlin, Germany), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City; Prior Lake, Minn.), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; Bryan, Texas)

National Team Staff
Head Coach: Caleb Porter (West Akron, Ohio)
Assistant Coach: Claudio Reyna (Bedford Corners, N.Y.)
Assistant Coach: John Trask (Shorewood Hills, Wis.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Eric Yamamoto (Los Gatos, Calif.)
Fitness Coach: Randy Rocha (Brookeville, Md.)
Team Coordinator: Jon Fleishman (Long Beach, Calif.)
Equipment Coordinator: Jason Peters (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Athletic Trainer: Josh Beaumont (Alhambra, Calif.)
Massage Therapist: Mark Higgins (Tinley Park, Ill.)
Videographer: Troy Bardy (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)
US soccer has announced the latest U23 camp to prep for the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament and Brek Shea is not on the roster for the camp.

Granted most FCD fans might be happy to see Shea getting some time off as he just returned from training with Arsenal and will be joining the senior US side in January. So is Brek Shea in the plans for the Olympic Team this summer? Time will tell.

Here's the team.

GOALKEEPERS (4): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union)
DEFENDERS (8): Gale Agbossoumonde (Eintracht Frankfurt), Royal-Dominique Fennell (Stuttgarter Kickers), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafana (Chivas USA), Andrew Wenger (Duke), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union), Bryan Arguez (Montreal Impact), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabæk), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (6): Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Teal Bunbury (Sporting KC), Jann George (Nürnberg), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern)

PS anyone else slightly surprised that Freddy Adu is STILL eligible for the U23s. It's insane how "young" he was when he signed with MLS. We're going to have to haer about this guy for another ten years at least.