U.S. men’s Olympic bid off to flyer

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Caleb Porter

The U.S. Under-23 men’s national team kicked off its bid to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics in Nashville, Tenn. last night with a 6-0 thrashing of Cuba.

Joe Corona bagged three, while Juan Agudelo and Freddy Adu also had a goal apiece to add to a Cuban own goal.

The team, coached by Caleb Porter, is in Group A of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament  and will now take on Canada tomorrow Saturday (7 p.m. ET) and El Salvador on March 26 (9 p.m. ET).

In the second of Thursday’s Group A games, El Salvador and Canada tied 0-0.

The top-two teams advance to the semifinals, where they will face the qualifiers from the California-based Group B, which consists of Mexico, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago.

The semifinals will be held at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City on March 31, with the final taking place on April 2 (9 p.m. ET). Both finalists will qualify for the Olympics, which take place from July 27 to August 12.

Universal and NBC Sports Networks will show every U.S. game, while every match during the qualifying tournament will be streamed live on CONCACAF.com. 

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