U.S. U-23s collapse in yet another Olympic qualifying disaster

For the third consecutive cycle, the US National Under-23 team failed to qualify for the Olympics.

The United States were eliminated from the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in the semi-finals as they lost 2-1 to Honduras.

With the loss, the United States will not travel to Tokyo this summer while Honduras will travel to the Olympics for the fourth time in a row.

Another nightmare

Having not been to the Olympics since the 2008 Games, The United States were heartbroken on Sunday as they surrendered again in Olympic qualifying.

After a relentless start, the United States conceded a horrific goal just before the halftime whistle, with Honduras’s Juan Carlos Obregon Jr. regrouping the opener four minutes after the timeout in the First period.

Then, moments into the second half, Honduras had a second, with US goalkeeper David Ochoa crushing the ball against Luis Palma of Honduras and straight into his own net while trying to play from the back .

The United States found a goal moments later, with Captain Jackson Yueill firing a missile just outside the box, but it would not be enough for the United States to avoid another failure in qualifying.

Looking back

The United States have now failed to qualify for each of the past three cycles, making their last Olympic appearance in 2008.

In 2012, the United States failed to break out of the group stage, finishing behind Canada and El Salvador after a disastrous three-game streak.

Three years later, as they looked to qualify for the 2016 games, the United States seemed well on track after winning their three group stage games with a +11 goal difference.

However, facing Honduras in the semifinals, the United States were defeated 2-0 and were later knocked out of the bout by losing an intercontinental playoff to Colombia.

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