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Concacaf sets Olympic qualifying schedule

It all goes down in March.

Today, Concacaf announced that the men’s OIympic qualifying tournament, postponed last year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, has been rescheduled for March 18-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Guadalajara was the original site for Olympic qualifying last year before the pandemic forced its postponement, along with the Olympics.

The field of 8 U-23 teams, including the United States, were drawn into two groups of 4 back in January 2020. Concacaf confirmed that those groups would remain intact for this rescheduled edition of the tournament. The groups for this Olympic qualifying tournament:

Group A: Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic

Group B: Honduras, Canada, El Salvador, Haiti

The top two finishers in each group will move to the semifinals, with the two semifinal winners receiving Concacaf’s two spots at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament at the Summer Games in Tokyo. The tournament will be held in two stadiums in Guadalajara: Estadio Akron, home of Liga MX side Chivas de Guadalajara, and Estadio Jalisco, home to Atlas in Liga MX and Club Universidad de Guadalajara.

American fans will be able to watch the matches on Fox Sports as well as TUDN, but a full match schedule was not immediately available. Still, the U.S. U-23s now know that the end of March is where their road to Tokyo will begin.