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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Mexico heads HDC's Olympic hopefuls

By Scott French

The U.S. under-23 team was drawn Tuesday into Group A for CONCACAF's qualifiers next year, along with Canada, Cuba and El Salvador. Mexico is the top side in Group B. Guess which group will play at Home Depot Center.

That's a no-brainer: We'll be seeing the Mexicans, along with Honduras, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago over three doubleheaders in late March.

The U.S. group will play at LP Field in Nashville, and the semifinals and final will be held at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The finalists advance to next year's London Games.

CONCACAF said it would announce the tournament match schedule “by the end of the week." Games are slated for HDC on March 23, 25 and 27.

CONCACAF's women's qualifiers will be staged Jan. 19-29 in Vancouver. The U.S. is in Group B with Mexico, Dominican Republic and Guatemala; Group A contains Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba and Haiti. The finalists advance.