Everyone knows what happened the last time the US men tried to qualify for the Olympics in 2012.
It was a stoppage time gut-punch goal in Nashville again El Salvador that sent us packing, not getting a ticket to London. Then insult to injury, our foes to the south take home the gold.
I know we are almost a year away before 2016 Olympic qualifying begins in March of 2016, but we are already thinking about it. Even Jurgen himself.
In a recent interview, Jurgen, talked about it and is making it a focus to prepare in 2015. He doesn’t want the same result this time and it is Rio or bust. He even went as far as saying it is the priority of 2015. In a year with a Gold Cup, where if the USMNT win, they go to the Confederations cup in Russia.
- “The main task for 2015 definitely is the Olympic Team, the Under-23 team,”
- “We want to make sure what happened with London 2012 is not happening again any more”
- “We will have about eight to 10 Olympic team players in the [senior USMNT] January camp”
Potential Roster for the Olympic team if we make it?
Brian Sciaretta of AmericanSoccerNow.com has you covered: http://www.americansoccernow.com/articles/looking-ahead-a-proposed-2016-u-s-olympic-roster
1) Tim Howard (overage)
2) Cody Cropper
IN THE MIX: Jon Kempin, Zach Steffen, Ethan Horvath
3) John Brooks
4) Erik Palmer-Brown
5) Shane O’Neill
6) DeAndre Yedlin
7) Greg Garza (overage)
8) Kellyn Acosta
IN THE MIX: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Walker Zimmerman, Will Packwood, Matt Miazga, Tyler Turner, Shaq Moore, Eric Miller, Juan Ocegueda
MIDFIELDERS AND WINGERS
9) Emerson Hyndman
10) Luis Gil
11) Wil Trapp (Captain)
12) Gedion Zelalem
13) Julian Green
14) Paul Arriola
15) Romain Gall
IN THE MIX: Junior Flores, Caleb Stanko, Dillon Serna, Russell Canouse, Marco Delgado, Joel Sonora, Mukwelle Akale, Alejandro Guido, Fernando Arce Jr., Dennis Flores, Marlon Hairston, Benji Joya, Lynden Gooch
16) Rubio Rubin
17) Tommy Thompson
18) Terrence Boyd (overage)
IN THE MIX: Jordan Morris, Andrija Novakovich, Ben Spencer, Amando Moreno, Zach Pfeffer, Omar Salgado, Alonso Hernandez, Bradford Jamieson IV