This is the big surprise of the qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics. The United States, yet favorites in the Concacaf zone (North, Central America and the Caribbean), were eliminated in the semi-finals by Honduras 2-1, which validated their ticket to Tokyo. Deprived of several of their “cracks” who were selected with the A during the international break, the American selection missed its appointment.
The United States will therefore not participate in the Tokyo Olympics. The American selection took two goals in a few minutes, by Juan Carlos Obregon in stoppage of the first period (45 + 4), and by Luis Palma, at the start of the second (47), who countered the Hazardous release from goalkeeper David Ochoa. Jackson Yueill reduced the score for the United States well in the 52nd minute with a long shot, but Honduras held on and qualified for their fifth Olympics, their fourth in a row.
Team USA, on the other hand, will miss its third Olympiad in a row. His aforementioned young prospects, who are all under 23, were eligible for Tokyo, although they already had no guarantees of contesting them. Because nothing obliges the clubs, owners of the players, to leave them at the disposal of the selection Hopes for this competition which is not governed by Fifa.
The problem no longer arises for the United States, which will therefore be able to really rely on this golden generation, in order to try to win the Gold Cup this summer and then qualify for the World Cup-2022 in Qatar.
Mexico, winner of Canada (2-0) in the evening, in the same Estadio Jalisco de Guadalajara (Mexico), completed the list of sixteen qualified countries, which also includes Japan, France, Germany, Romania, the ‘Spain, New Zealand, Egypt, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Australia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Argentina and Brazil. Mexicans and Hondurans will face each other on Tuesday in the final of this qualifying tournament.