US Olympic qualifying loss is FC Dallas' gain

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 VillafaƱa; 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 VillafaƱa (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)