CONCACAF announce 2012 Olympic qualifying draw

Yanks drawn into Group A along with Canada, Cuba, El Salvador

Caleb Porter’s US U-23 squad learned their path to the 2012 London Olympics on Tuesday afternoon.

CONCACAF announced the groups and schedule for Olympic qualifying after the draw, which took place at the federation’s headquarters in New York.

Group A Group B
 USA  Honduras
 Canada  Mexico
 Cuba  Panama
 El Salvador  Trinidad & Tobago

Porter’s Yanks were drawn into Group A along with Canada, Cuba and El Salvador. Group A play will take place at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee, home of several US national team contests over the past half-decade.

Group B’s draw pitted defending champions Honduras against Mexico, Panama, and Trinidad & Tobago. Those games will take place in Carson, Calif. at the Home Depot Center.

The semifinals and final will be played at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, and the two finalists will advance to the Olympics.

The qualifying tournament will run from March 22 through April 2, with the exact schedule expected to be announced by the end of the week.

Honduras beat the US 1-0 in the final back in 2008, which was played in Tennessee. The Yanks would go on to be eliminated in the group stage based upon goal differential.

The London Olympics will run from July 27 through August 12.