Olympic Qualifying Preview: USA - Canada
Man the 49th parallel -- the northernmost North American rivalry continues with both the USA and Canada in search of Olympic qualification.
By Zac Lee Rigg
|USA (4-3-3): Hamid; Sarkodie, Opara, Kitchen, Valentin; Diskerud, Okugo, Corona; Shea, Boyd, Adu.||
Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire).
Defenders: Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafaña (Chivas USA), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union).
Midfielders: Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Gent), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Michael Stephens (Los Angeles Galaxy).
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Tony Taylor (Estoril).
|Canada (4-4-2): Misiewicz; Teibert, Attakora, Bekker, Stinson; Beckie, Saiko, Davies, James, Alderson; Haworth, Haber.
Goalkeepers: Adam Janssen (Minnesota Stars), Michal Misiewicz (FC Edmonton).
Defenders: Andrés Fresenga (Racing Club de Montevideo), Nana Attakora-Gyan (unattached), Doneil Henry (Toronto FC).
Midfielders: Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Kyle Bekker (Boston College), Bryce Alderson (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Samuel Piette (FC Metz), Shaun Saiko (FC Edmonton), Matt Stinson (Toronto FC), Philippe Davies (unattached), Sherif El-Masri (Courts Young Lions), Drew Beckie (unattached).
Forwards: Marcus Haber (St. Johnstone FC), Babayele Sodade (Seattle Sounders FC), Lucas Cavallini (Nacional), Carl Haworth (Montreal Impact), Randy Edwini-Bonsu (Eintracht Braunsweig), Evan James (Montreal Impact).
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- The U.S. has a 4-2-1 record against Canada in Olympic qualifying. The last time they met, also at LP Field, the host for this upcoming match, two goals from Fredy Adu helped the USA to a 3-0 win in 2008.
- Adu, captain of the U.S. team, scored four goals total in 2008 Olympic qualifying. The Philadelphia Union attacker has 55 youth national team appearances in total: 15 with the U-17s, 33 with the U-20s and seven with the U-23s. Including two senior national team strikes, Adu has 39 international goals in total.
Adu is one of four players in the U.S. roster to have played in both the U-17 and U-20 World Cups. The others are Jared Jeffrey, Brek Shea and Sheanon Williams. Thirteen players have appeared in at least one.
- MLS contributed 14 players to the U.S. roster. The six based outside the United States are Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Gent), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz), Tony Taylor (Estoril Praia) and Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund).
- Seven players from the Canada U-23 roster are on MLS teams: Babayele Sodade (Seattle Sounders FC), Doneil Henry and Matt Stinson (Toronto FC), Bryce Alderson and Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps) and Carl Haworth and Evan James (Montreal Impact).
- In the opening matches of Group A, the U.S. trounced Cuba 6-0 with Joe Corona scoring a hat trick. Canada drew 0-0 with El Salvador. With a win on Saturday, the Americans can progress to the semifinal round. All games will be on the Universal Sports Network, Mun2 and CONCACAF.com.
- "It's a pretty big rivalry, so we're not taking it lightly," Perry Kitchen said ahead of the matchup.
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Top 3 Predictions
United States U23 3-0 Canada U23
- 17.65 %
United States U23 4-0 Canada U23
- 14.71 %
United States U23 5-1 Canada U23
- 8.82 %
|CONCACAF Under 23 Olympic Qualifying (OCaf)||Mar 24, 2012||United States U23 0 - Canada U23 2|
|United States U23|
|Mar 26, 2012||United States U23 3 - El Salvador U23 3||OCaf|
|Mar 24, 2012||United States U23 0 - Canada U23 2||OCaf|
|Mar 22, 2012||United States U23 6 - Cuba U23 0||OCaf|
|-||Jared Michael Jeffrey||Midfielder|
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