U.S. fails to qualify for Olympic Games in men’s soccer after loss to Honduras.
The United States men’s national soccer team won’t be competing at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
While the senior men’s squad defeated Northern Ireland 2-1 in a friendly, the under-23 side lost 2-1 to Honduras in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. As a result, the U.S. failed to qualify.
Juan Carlos Obregon got the first goal for Honduras, and Luis Palma doubled their lead in the 47th minute. Jackson Yueill halved the deficit, but the U.S. couldn’t find an equalizer in the match held in Mexico.
Coaches are limited to selecting up to three players who are over the age requirement, which has been raised to 24 this summer due to delaying the Olympic Games by one year.
Having said that, the Olympics is a great opportunity for younger players to gain valuable experience on a world stage.
The future of the USMNT is bright, with an increasing number of Americans plying their trade abroad. Valencia midfielder Yunus Musah’s decision to represent the United States was seen as a minor coup as well.
But simply qualifying for the World Cup isn’t enough anymore, even after the U.S. missed the 2018 edition altogether.
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