Americans Will Play Olympic Showdown in Texas
16 Feb, 2016
U.S. Soccer has chosen Toyota Park to host the deciding game in the Olympic qualifying playoff series with Colombia.
The home of FC Dallas in Frisco ,Texas, will stage the U-23s second leg on March 29, four days after the series opener in Baranquilla, Colombia. The Americans were forced into the playoff when they lost their Concacaf qualifying semifinal against Honduras, and then defeated Canada in the third-place match. Colombia went into the playoff after finishing second in the South American qualifiers.
Winner of the two-game series advances to the Olympic soccer tournament. Tickets for the second leg go on sale Feb. 5. It will kick off at 8:30 pm. local (Central) time and be televised live on ESPN2.
The U.S. U-23s won all three of their group games in the Concacaf qualifying tournament but were blanked by Honduras, 2-0. Against Canada, Jerome Kiesewetter and Marc Pelosi scored in a 2-0 victory.
Kisewetter and Pelosi are among the group of U-23 players named last month by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for a training camp that concludes Friday with a game against Canada. Kisewetter came on as a sub Sunday in a 3-2 defeat of Iceland at StubHub Center. Pelosi had to pull out because of an injury.