By Tony Franco
|EL SALVADOR SUB23 OLYMPIC TEAM|
CANADA gave everyone a big surprise by defeating the USA 2-0, sharing now first place of Group A, with EL SALVADOR. The Salvadoreans defeated CUBA 4-0. Both teams, CANADA and EL SALVADOR, now have 4 points each because previously, they tied each other 0-0 in the first match played two days ago.
Americans were left with 3 points, taking second place, thanks to a victory over Cuba's 6-0 last Thursday. Canadians although they are tied for first place with EL SALVADOR, have a + 2 goal difference, while Salvadoreans have + 4.
On the last date of competition, this coming Monday, the USA will play EL SALVADOR, and Canada will face CUBA, so although Cubans are eliminated, USA, Canada and EL SALVADOR all have a chance to go to the semifinals, but only 2 from this group will advance to the next round to be played at Kansas City.
Personally, I think that Canada will finish in first place because they have a chance to score big against CUBA, and EL SALVADOR could be in the semifinals with just a tie against USA, leaving out the american team, who is one of the favorites to go to London, but if the USA can come back and beat this tough opponent, then their journey to Kansas City for one of the 2 tickets to the Olympic games, will continue as planned.