The USMNT U23 team is at the StubHub Center to take on Mexico's U23 team tonight. Jordan Morris is expected to earn his second start in a week for the USA against Mexico after starring in San Antonio last Wednesday against El Tri.
Andy Herzog leads the USMNT U23's, the goal of this team is to qualify for the Olympics. Olympic qualifying is October 1st - 13th of this year and will consist of eight teams for two spots in Brazil with the third place team earning a spot in a Concacaf v Conmebol playoff for one spot. The Conmebol representative in the playoff has already been determined to be Colombia, thus it is imperative to finish in one of the top two spots. In 2011 the USMNT U23's failed to qualify. Sean Johnson earned the start over Bill Hamid in net and gave up the decisive goal on a bumpy pitch.
This roster for the U23 team is core of the the team that will attempt qualify for the Olympics next summer. Twelve players with ties to MLS, including Dillon Serna who subbed in at the 80' mark for the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, are a part of the camp. Real Salt Lake's Luis Gil has been wearing the armband for the majority of the cycle at this age group and is expected to lead the team out against Mexico.
The Concacaf Champions League Final first leg is also tonight. Montreal Impact will be representing MLS against Club America of Liga MX. Club America has sold out Azteca Stadium for tonight's match and expect 105,000 supporters to provide one of the most intimidating atmosphere's in soccer anywhere in the world.
What To Watch:
- Jordan Morris. This site has covered the Stanford Sophomore extensively since last Wednesday's breakout performance against Mexico for the full national team. But it is worth noting that today news broke that the Seattle Sounders have made a formal offer in writing to Morris that would be "one of the most lucrative offers ever for an MLS homegrown player."
- The first 15 minutes in Azteca. Club America is going to attempt to steamroll the Impact. In the semi-finals America was down 0-3 from the first leg against a quality Costa Rican squad in Herediano, they proceeded to win the return leg 6-0 including 5 goals in the first 32 minutes. Montreal needs to weather the storm.
- Kenny Cooper. Cooper is now on Montreal and eligible to play in the final. Considering Cooper has not made his Impact debut, that might be a stretch.
- Carlos Darwin Quintero. The last time Montreal played Club America was in 2009 in the CCL Quarterfinals. The Impact were in USL Pro at the time and on the verge of an historic win heading into stoppage time. Montreal won 2-0 at home in the first leg. Heading into stoppage time le Impact were winning 4-3 on aggregate and had the away goals tiebreaker if America happened to score. Quintero scored not one, but two goals in stoppage time to eliminate the Impact with goals officially in the 91st and 92nd minute.
How To Watch:
Mexico U23 at USMNT U23
8 PM Pacific, Wednesday
Streaming: Univision Deportes